Cornwall man sentenced for child pornography uploaded to Instagram, Snapchat

The front entrance to the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice on Second Street West in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

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CORNWALL – A Cornwall man has been sentenced to just over a year in jail after being convicted on three child pornography charges.

Patrick Brownell, 20, was sentenced last month by Judge Deborah Kinsella after pleading guilty to one count each of possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography.

He was given six months for the distribution, a nine month sentence to be served consecutively for possession and a nine month concurrent sentence for accessing child porn, for a total of 15 months.

The prosecution withdrew a fourth charge of possession as part of the plea deal worked out between Crown attorney Lorne Goldstein and defence lawyer Bill Wade.

Court heard the U.S. National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had been notified in August 2020 of an Instagram video of suspected child porn that was traced back to Brownell through a user name on the IG account and an IP (internet protocol) search.

A second instance happened in early 2021 when a graphically sexual video had been uploaded to Snapchat depicting an underage girl, believed to be in her early teens, in a submissive sexual position with at least seven adult men.

Between the two cases and after getting search warrants, detectives recovered a total of 176 unique images and 58 unique videos, all meeting the definition of child pornography.

In the Snapchat case, police had traced the material to an internet connection of one of the Brownell’s neighbours, before learning the neighbour had given Brownell access to her internet at the PUR 2 apartment complex on Brookdale Avenue (formerly the Brookdale Arms).

After his sentence is completed, Brownell will be on two and a half years probation. He also has to taken any counselling recommended by the probation officer, including help for child pornography sexual offences and mental health issues.

Brownell is under a so-called parks order for 10 years. He’s not allowed to be in places where people under the age of 16 may be.

He’s also not allowed to possess electronic devices unless it’s for work and is not allowed to access the internet.

Brownell will also be on the national sex offender registry for the rest of his life.