Cornwall man in child porn sweep given conditional discharge

The Ontario Court of Justice building at 110 Main Street North in Alexandria, Ont. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

ALEXANDRIA – A Cornwall man, caught in a province-wide child pornography sweep in April 2016, has been given a conditional discharge.

Jean Guy Beauvais, 41, pleaded guilty to a single child pornography charge of the three counts he was facing.

The case was originally supposed to go to trial on Thursday (June 28) in Cornwall but, for unknown reasons, it was transferred to Alexandria and completed there.

Beauvais will be on probation for 15 months and will have to make a $2,500 donation to a registered charity, according to court records.

He also has to pay the $100 victim fine surcharge – that money goes to a provincial fund to help victims of crime.

Under a conditional discharge, a person pleads guilty to an offence but the crime is not registered on their criminal record, provided they follow the terms of probation. The record is wiped three years after the date of the discharge order.

Beauvais was among 80 people facing 274 charges in April 2016 after a massive province-wide online child pornography bust.

The bust identified 20 victims, who were offered counselling and other help, and nine people in their teens working in the sex trade against their will.

 

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