3 years in prison enough for child porn collector, says Alberta’s top court



CALGARY - Convicted Calgary child-porn distributor Daniel Clayton won’t have any more time added to his three-year prison term.

In a 2-1 decision, the Alberta Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday the sentence handed Clayton last May 18 was not too low.

In a dissenting vote, Justice Bruce McDonald said he not only would have allowed the appeal, but would have given him eight years in prison for the crime. The Crown had asked it be boosted to five years.

“To my mind, it is high time that courts do their part to try and eliminate or largely reduce the existence of this blight,” McDonald wrote.

In their majority decision, Justice Connie Hunt and Justice Ronald Berger said Eidsvik’s punishment was within the range available to the case’s judge, Kristine Eidsvik, who handed down the sentence.

Clayton’s laptops were found to contain about 4,600 pieces of child pornography.

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