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No jail time for Australian doctor, originally charged in P.E.I. with child pornography offences

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An Australian doctor who was charged with child pornography offences in P.E.I. was sentenced last week in his home country, is reporting.

Dr. Stephen Peter Menzies Murray was sentenced to a three-year good behaviour bond, 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $1,000 on three charges including producing child exploitation material and possessing child exploitation material. reported a witness saw text messages between Murray, 58, and Helen Constant, 43, during a flight while they were vacationing in Canada in 2018.

Constant was sentenced to 12 months of probation on one count of producing child exploitation material. reported Murray also had a 900-word story saved on his iPhone about a stepfather grooming two girls and engaging in sexual activity with an 11-year-old girl.

The messages between Murray and Constant described sexual activity between a man and children, reported.

Murray was initially charged in P.E.I. with possessing, making and distributing child pornography after allegations related to written material.

After Murray’s arrest, the RCMP said a member of the public reported suspicious activity.

Murray was allowed to return to Australia in November on several conditions, including paying $75,000 in bail.

The charges from P.E.I. were eventually stayed after the matter was transferred to Australia.


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