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Crown attorney Amanda Camara said Oldrich Pelich's pornography collection featured six- to 10-year-old girls engaged in sex with adult males as well as young toddlers engaged in sex acts.
Camara asked Justice Tamarin Dunnet for the lengthy prison term because Pelich "didn't just download images, he also transferred them to CDs so he could create a permanent record.
"He did this so he could free up space, so he could download more images," said Camara. "While he seemed to be of good character to the outside world, it appears behind closed doors he was something else entirely."
The well-educated Pelich has shown no remorse, she told court.
Pelich, 45, was caught after an undercover officer found him distributing child abuse images and videos on the Internet in 2008. When cops executed a search warrant at his home, Pelich told them, "There's nothing on the computer. I got rid of it."
The judge said Pelich's statement revealed his guilty mind.
"The reason Mr. Pelich told the police that he 'got rid of it' was because he knew he was downloading child pornography and he knew that there was child pornography on his laptop," explained Dunnet in finding him guilty last month of two counts each of possessing and making available child pornography. She acquitted him of making child pornography, saying she didn't agree that copying porn onto disks was "making" child pornography as defined by the Criminal Code.
Pelich's lawyer, Christopher Biscoe, sought a sentence of two years less a day minus credit for four years of house arrest.
"Since being charged, he has lost his job, his girlfriend and he has become a pariah," said Biscoe. "He has gone bankrupt and has to live off his parents."
Pelich had worked for a CBC affiliate and for the Ontario Jockey Club and was mostly recently a senior producer at Omni Television.
He had no prior criminal record, Biscoe said. Pelich suffers from a host of health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (from viewing and editing news footage of war zones), depression, anxiety and asthma, his lawyer said.
Dunnet will sentence Pelich Tuesday.