Credits: QMI AGENCY FILES
TORONTO - A senior supervisor producer at Omni TV in Toronto who made child pornography available was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.
"This sentence reflects society's repugnance and abhorrence to this offence. It is the business of child pornography that perpetuates the ugly abuse of children," Justice Tamarin Dunnet said in passing sentence against Oldrich Pelich, who'll turn 46 on Thursday.
Dunnet noted that Pelich's pornography collection featured six- to 10-year-old girls engaged in sex with adult males as well as some toddlers engaged in sex acts.
Tough penitentiary sentences should be meted out "to reduce, in some measure, the exploitation of children for this purpose," the judge said, noting child pornography re-victimizes the children and encourages sick individuals to inflict sexual violence against other vulnerable kids.
Dunnet deducted six months from the sentence since Pelich endured four years of restrictive house arrest bail and spent seven days in jail.
Crown attorney Amanda Camara asked for a five-year 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," Camara said.
"While he seemed to be of good character to the outside world, it appears, behind closed doors, he was something else entirely."
In a rambling speech before he was sentenced, the well-educated Pelich maintained his innocence and chastised the prosecution for "re-victimizing the children" by displaying the vile images he had amassed - even though he had requested they be shown in court.
He blamed everyone from Rogers for not shutting down child pornography on the web and revealing him as the subscriber who was downloading porn to police, to a virus or hacker for manipulating his IP address to download the pornography and store it on his computer. The judge rejected his explanations.
Pelich was caught after an undercover officer found him distributing child abuse images and videos on the Internet in June and July 2008.
Pelich's lawyer, Christopher Biscoe, said his client, a first offender, had already suffered greatly since being charged as he lost his job and his girlfriend and has become a bankrupt pariah.
Pelich had worked for a CBC affiliate, the Ontario Jockey Club, and was mostly recently at Omni.