Child porn operator gets record 3 1/2 years in prison
Sat, March 18, 2006
By BOB WEBER, CP
EDMONTON -- A key member of a child pornography ring that operated in at least six countries was sentenced yesterday to what prosecutors say is the longest-ever jail term in Canada for the offence.
But outside court, a woman who said Carl Treleaven began sexually abusing her when she was a toddler exploded in angry profanity at the 3 1/2 -year sentence.
"How many others?" raged Cindy Roncin, Treleaven's younger sister. "Look at those babies he had on his (expletive) computer! They should have nailed his ass to the wall."
Treleaven was one of the administrators of a global pornography ring distributing images that included acts of incest, bestiality and rape.
Provincial court Judge Shelagh Creagh called the case unprecedented both in terms of the volume of material Treleaven was involved in distributing and the horror of the images.
"I have no doubt that you have shown yourself to be a danger to society," she told the grey-haired, bespectacled 49-year-old who hung his head during most of the proceedings. "I am tempted to impose a higher sentence."
However, Crown prosecutor Steve Bilodeau, in a joint submission with the defence, argued that Treleaven deserved less jail time because of how he co-operated with investigators and how quickly he pleaded guilty.
"His information to investigators was part of the success that's been enjoyed by law enforcement all over the world," Bilodeau said.
Treleaven pleaded guilty even before he had a lawyer, the prosecutor noted.
His case has been linked to the arrest of about 40 suspects from at least four countries.
At the time of his arrest, he had more than 20 gigabytes of child porn on his computer and more than 90 people were waiting to download material from chat rooms he helped run.
In the lineup were people from England, South America, Canada, Denmark, Australia and the U.S., according to the agreed statement of facts in the case.
Bilodeau said Treleaven's sentence is a year longer than any previous Canadian sentence for distribution of child pornography.
I think this guy and all who he was "helping" should be doing the hangman's two-step!
If I got caught buying some drugs to personally enjoy in my own house I could get a longer sentence.
welcome to canada, break the laws, and get a slap on the wrist.....
If three and a half years is the longest jail term in Canadian history for child pornography, I'd hate to see what is average.
I would consider 30 years a light sentance for that crime.