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Longest-ever sentence for Saskatoon child pornographer with 'vile' collection

Longest-ever sentence for Saskatoon child pornographer with 'vile' collection
From CBC - November 14, 2017

Calling his crimes "horrendous,"aSaskatoon man has been sentenced to 12 years in prisonafter pleadingguilty to 40 counts of possessing, producing and sharing child pornography.

Philip MichaelChicoine, 28, remained expressionless during his sentencing Tuesday in a Saskatoon courtroom.

He did not appear to make eye contact with his parents, who sat in the front row.

"His collection was vile," said RCMP Cpl. Jared Clarke, the lead investigator fromSaskatchewan's InternetChild Exploitation Unit.

"It was some of the worst stuff I have ever seen. It caused nightmares, it caused me trouble dealing with my own kids at home," Clarkesaid, noting he sought counselling to deal with the images haunting him.

Paying parents to abuse their children

Last spring,Chicoineadmitted he paid and directed parents overseas to sexually abuse their children in real time using video streaming sites such as Skype.

In June, the Crown presented videos in court seized from Chicoine's computer. Many involved torture and bondage, with the victims' screams heard throughout the courtroom.

His victimsranged from infants to children 14 years old.

In the exchanges,Chicoineindicated he preferred children who cried during the abuse, complaining about the difficulties of finding "pedomoms."

'Unusual and significant violence against children'

He was found to have more than 580 uniquevideos and more than 4,000 uniquephotos. In total, 10,126 videos and 4,714 photos were in his possession, according to the Crown.

Chicoine admitted that he spent more than $20,000 over five years to pay for the online exchanges.

In her 30-page sentencing decision, JudgeVanessa Monar Enweanicited Chicoine's "unusual and significant violence against children,"and the need to denounce and deter sex offenders.

Chicoine'ssentence is the longest ever handed to a convicted child pornographer in Saskatchewan.

Judge urged Chicoineto seek rehabilitation

Chicoinetexted children directly

'Knowing that we had live victims still at riskwas tough.' - Cpl. Jared Clarke, Internet Child Exploitation Unit

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