Charlottetown man jailed for downloading thousands of child pornography images

Ryan Ross
Published on January 29, 2014
Prince Edward Island provincial court
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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.