OTTAWA — Animated depictions of child pornography should not be trivialized or mistaken for cartoons, an Ottawa court heard Tuesday during the sentencing of a Gatineau, Que., man found with nearly 2,000 graphic images on his computer.
Patrick Dupuis-Gendron, 27, was arrested in March 2009 as part of a nationwide sweep called Project Salvo. More than 70 search warrants were executed and 57 suspects were arrested across Canada in what police then called the country's largest co-ordinated investigation into Internet-facilitated child abuse.
Police seized Dupuis-Gendron's computer and located 1,974 images of child pornography. All but three were drawings featuring children in various sexual positions or children engaged in sexual acts with adults or other children.
"To call them cartoons is to trivialize them," said Mark Holmes, an assistant Crown attorney.
Both he and Ontario Provincial Court Justice Lise Maisonneuve viewed a representative sample of the images before the sentencing hearing.
Dupuis-Gendron underwent a psychiatric assessment at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and did not meet the criteria to be deemed a pedophile.
Maisonneuve accepted the joint submission of the Crown and defence lawyers on a sentence.
He will serve a 90-day jail sentence on weekends and spend three years on probation.
Both sides agreed the first-time offender had suffered embarrassment and shame as a result of the charges, but had maintained a job and completed training to become a welder.
Dupuis-Gendron was also ordered not to have contact with children under the age of 14 unless another adult is present and to supply a sample of his DNA. His name will be added to the sex-offender registry for 20 years.
By Matthew Pearson, Ottawa CitizenJuly 27, 2010