Charlottetown man jailed for downloading thousands of child pornography images

Ryan Ross
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Prince Edward Island provincial court

A Charlottetown man who downloaded more than 13,000 images and about 550 videos involving child pornography was sentenced to 60 days in jail Wednesday.

John Rodney MacCallum, 29, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in provincial court in Charlottetown for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to possession of child pornography and failure to appear in court.

The court heard that on June 28, 2012 a Toronto police officer informed the Charlottetown police that an investigation had found someone in Charlottetown who had downloaded child pornography.

Toronto police provided authorities in Charlottetown with an IP address for the computer used to download the images and videos, which they were able to use to find MacCallum’s physical address.

A search of his computer found 13,286 photos and 552 videos of child pornography.

A pre-sentence report provided to the court showed MacCallum was a loner and he described himself as shy and quiet.

When asked his thoughts about child pornography for the report, MacCallum said at the time he wasn’t thinking about the people in the videos and images as victims of crime.

MacCallum said he fell into the wrong corner of the Internet and convinced himself that what he was doing wasn’t wrong because the images and videos were on the Internet.

He also told the person who prepared the report that he respected police and felt bad that they had to look at the images.

Crown attorney John McMillan said the number of images and videos MacCallum downloaded were aggravating factors in sentencing, although he added the videos were more disturbing than the images.

Before hearing his sentence, MacCallum stood to apologize for taking up the court’s time and said he took responsibility for what he did.

“I feel bad about it,” he said.

MacCallum also said he looks forward to moving on from it.

“In a way I’m glad I got caught,” he said.

Douglas then sentenced him to 60 days in jail for possession of child pornography and 15 days for failing to appear in court, both to be served concurrently.

MacCallum will be on probation for 18 months after his release from jail, during which time he will have to provide access to any computers he owns for random checks.

He will also have to pay $100 to the victims of crime fund and provide a DNA sample for the national databank.

MacCallum will be on the sex offender registry for 10 years.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Geographic location: Charlottetown, Toronto

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  • joeblow
    January 30, 2014 - 17:29

    How do they justify giving someone more time for selling some pot than downloading child porn. priorities?

  • Lil
    January 30, 2014 - 16:00

    For heaven sakes when is someone going to step up and give these children a voice The justice system is a freaking joke In the old days the males of the victims families took care of these people -do we have to go back to vigilante days because the justice system is so sick and broken and a joke. 60 days he will be out in 30. For heaven sakes if you take a salmon out of season you get a heftier penalty that you do for abuse on a innocent child. You say he got them off the internet that is no excuse he must have gone looking for those sites. Don't excuse get him help he definitely is mentally ill. STEP UP Judges stop your excuses and make the penalty fit the crime

    • kayla
      March 31, 2014 - 01:58

      I think you said my thoughts perfectly Lil.

  • Islandgirl
    January 30, 2014 - 13:11

    What about getting him help, he needs it...

  • Rob
    January 30, 2014 - 08:59

    Remember this man got these child porno pictures off the internet. The people who should be punished and put in jail, are those that are using children for porno pictures and then placing them on the internet. Those are the bad people we have to stop.

  • hank smith
    January 29, 2014 - 21:49

    This is a disturbing trend in the criminal justice system. A system that punishes non violent drug offenders with draconian mandatory minimums and lets horrific child abusers go free. Our federal prisons are overflowing with drug offenders and or addicts. The media rarely reports as to their state of sorriness but for this man they set out to invoke sympathy for him from the public. How any right minded person is not completely outraged over 13,000 images and 500+ video s of sexually explicit child pornography is beyond belief. Judge Douglas must not feel child abuse is a serious offense in order for him to give this man 60 DAYS( in provincial correctional center) as fit penalty and punishment for this horrendous crime. Someone tell me what can be done when the supposed "brightest minds" in our country are condoning child porn? Judge Douglas sent each and everyone of us a message with this sentence..Judge Douglas CONDONES sexually explicit child pornography!

    • trev mac
      January 30, 2014 - 06:21

      110% well said hank smith

  • Marie
    January 29, 2014 - 20:13

    Your Honor; I am ashamed that you sit on the bench and think possessing 13,286 photos and 552 videos of child pornography is worth 60 days...blah blah blah! This sicko needs to be castrated, not coddled!!! Think of the years of therapy ahead for his victims. IF you're answer is" My hands are tied by the law" , then for God's sake, someone change it!!!

    • kayla
      March 31, 2014 - 02:02

      I could not agree with you more.

  • judge john dbag
    January 29, 2014 - 18:40

    This judge is a joke. Over and over again he hands down ridiculous sentences. He should be forced to step down and reevaluate his career. His softness for criminals is overly obvious.

  • Anonymous
    January 29, 2014 - 15:34

    This is an outrage.....I know this guy personally and always knew there was something wrong with him.60 days is shameful.Those kids in those videos and pictures will NEVER live a normal life again and he will walk the streets looking for more victims!!!!this is exactly why these people keep on doing this!!!

  • Conered
    January 29, 2014 - 15:03

    I hope he is going to be reviving ongoing treatment throughout his stay in jail and afterwards. Sexual desires for children do not go away just because someone is out in jail. What is the province going to do besides putting him in jail that's what I would like to read about not all this bull about him feeling bad for police!!

  • Voice for children
    January 29, 2014 - 13:47

    I don't think 60 days is fair ,the damage done to the children will take longer to heal then 60 days ,, flipping slap on the hand , people who are into child porn are plain sick ,, and a longer jail time should be places for child porn ,, throw the bastards in for two years ... Maybe then they won't down load sick shit ..

    • hank smith
      February 02, 2014 - 13:51

      There are hundreds of thousand s of studies and reports that have been done throughout the world about pedophilia. The bottom line is pedophiles never reform. It is a sexual orientation much the same as being a homosexual or a heterosexual is. This judge does not speak for me and the deafening silence from our local media is equally telling. I have been following a number of cases here in PEI this year and the amount of media attention given to the alleged robbery of illicit drugs from a serial drug dealer and the amount of resources the RCMP have spent is beyond any reasonable persons imagination.Yet here we have a 29 year old who is aiding and abetting child ABUSE and the media is not only deafeningly silent they actually set out to soften it. As a tax payer in the province of PEI, Judge Douglas s sentencing of 60 days is in this case is in no way any reflection on anyone in society. Who ever said it was time for him to go? There is nothing better than an idea who s time has come! A word to the wise, we can bust all the drug dealers and users we want but the root cause of many addicts is child hood trauma, which studies have shown makes up at least 75% of those addicted.

  • rocks off
    January 29, 2014 - 13:18

    not sure how people can get there rocks off on child pron and 60 days give your head a shake

  • FED UP!!
    January 29, 2014 - 13:02

    60 days!!! I wonder how long it will take them children to recover....60 days?!?!?! Disgraceful!!!

  • Really!!!!
    January 29, 2014 - 12:13

    That's it!!!!!!!

    • Are you kidding me?
      January 29, 2014 - 12:27

      That's it!!!!!! I have to say it too......Only 60 days!