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Man avoids jail after being caught with large child porn cache

No jail for child porn cache

A Kelowna man caught with a large collection of child pornography will avoid prison. 

David Bisson, 55, received an 18-month conditional sentence and three years of probation on Thursday after pleading guilty to child porn charges related to a 15-year-long addiction to the material. 

As a part of Bisson’s community sentence, he will be placed on a curfew for the first three months of the conditional sentence and provide community corrections the ability to check any of his devices that have access to the internet, said the Kelowna court registry.

His three-year probation period will start at the conclusion of the conditional sentence. 

Castanet News was not in the courtroom to hear the judge’s reasons for sentencing Thursday morning, but earlier this month, Crown prosecutors argued for six months of prison while the defence sought a conditional sentence so Bisson could continue to work. 

Court previously heard the Kelowna RCMP raided Bisson’s home in 2019 following an investigation, uncovering two cell phones and a laptop that had approximately 7,500 child porn images and about 200 child porn videos.

The content depicted male and female victims aged three months to 10 years of age, ranging from nude posing to violent sexual assaults. He did not produce the content.

Crown prosecutor Patricia O’Neil said Bisson was formally charged in June 2019 and entered a guilty plea in December 2019. He admitted his guilt to the police and provided device passwords to assist the investigation. Bisson had been viewing child pornography since about 2004, introduced to it as a result of an addiction to regular pornography that gradually, over time, led him to the illegal material.

A psychological evaluation found it is likely Bisson was viewing the material for shock value after decades of heavy porn use, rather than pedophillic urges.

Bisson’s severe depression and anxiety disorders also played a major role in the offense, the psychologist said.



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