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Ontario Daycare Worker Sentenced For Making Child Porn Featuring Toddlers In His Care

A 39-year-old daycare supervisor from Peel Region, Ontario pleaded guilty to making child pornography.

A 39-year-old day-care supervisor from Ontario’s Peel Region has received a nine-year prison sentence for using the toddlers he was caring for to make child pornography. The Ontario Court of Appeal rejected the prosecution’s request of a 15-year sentence.  The court ruled that a 9-year prison term was indeed sufficient in condemning the man’s abhorrent behaviour, as well as serving as a deterrent to others who consider committing a similar crime in the future.

“The message the nine-year sentence sent is loud and clear,” announced Justice Robert Sharpe.  “I am not persuaded that the longer sentence sought by the Crown at trial and on appeal would appreciably add to the deterrent effect of the sentence that was imposed.”

Although counter-intuitive, Sharpe explained that sending the man behind bars for a longer period of time could actually be disadvantageous to the prosecution process.  According to Share, a longer sentence may actually inhibit guilty pleas and threaten rehabilitation of those convicted.

When Peel Regional Police searched the man’s residence, they discovered a “massive amount of graphic and highly disturbing” photographs and videos of two and three-year-old girls. 

Please note that the details of the case are disturbing and may be difficult to read.

The man, who has been identified only by the initials “S.C.”, pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexual assault, eight counts of making child pornography, and one of possession of child pornography.  S.C. confessed to exposing and photographing the girls’ genitals while they napped.

The man admitted that while he independently supervised the toddlers during their nap time, he “pulled down their clothing and undergarments” to take close-up photographs with his phone and simultaneously sexually assaulted them.  S.C. maintained that the children were not awake when he sexually assaulted them, and he submitted written apologies for his misconduct.

He also confessed that he had felt an “unhealthy affection” for the children, that he was addicted to child pornography, and that he had obsessively committed himself to obtaining an increasing number of sexual images.

S.C. reportedly lived with his mother and had worked at numerous day-care sentences as an early childhood educator.

Back in March of last year, Judge Donald McLeod had sentenced S.C. to a total of nine years in prison — six for the sexual assaults, one for making child pornography, and two years for possession of the obscene material. According to McLeod, S.C. had a significant impact on the victims’ parents.  

“A common theme that resonated through the various messages was real and palpable — emotional destruction of trust,” McLeod explained to the Toronto Sun. “The statements were riddled with emotional moments that run the gamut from self-doubt and guilt to anger, and feelings of betrayal.”

The prosecution appealed the sentence, claiming the nine-year term was far too lenient.  Crown prosecutor Lisa Joyal argued for a 15-year prison sentence, claiming the original sentence “overemphasized some mitigating factors and was demonstrably unfit.”

But the Appeal Court did not agree, as the Toronto Sun reported that McLeod was “aware of the provisions and properly tailored the sentence to the overall seriousness of the crime”.

“There can be no question that these were very serious offences that called for a substantial prison sentence,” the Appeal Court reported. “(But) the trial judge’s reasons indicate proper awareness of both the gravity of the crimes for which the appellant was being sentenced and the legal principles bearing upon the appropriate sentence.”


The news of S.C.’s prison sentencing follows a criminal case from February in which Peel Regional Police charged another daycare worker with possessing child pornography.  The 22-year-old early childhood educator named Adam Vidler had worked at three separate daycare facilities in Peel and was also a minor hockey league official in the Greater Toronto Area.

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