Ghanaian man jailed for child pornography in Canada
Thomas Aboagye Acheampong, who was arrested Monday, July 25, 2016, at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, pleaded guilty to a double charge of child pornography and smuggling of prohibited goods.
According to a report by LocalXpress.ca, Acheampong told a Canada Border Services Agency officer he intended to visit for 17 days but was inconsistent with his answers when asked for further details.
The border officer, during a second examination, found three videos on Acheampong’s cellphone showing children having sex with one another.
After investigations, it was found that the children in the videos were aged between 5 years and 13 years. Subsequently, the accused pleaded guilty to the Criminal Code charge of possessing electronic media depicting the sexual exploitation of children and a Customs Act charge of smuggling prohibited goods.
He was sentenced by a court led by Judge Timothy Gabriel to a total of 16 months imprisonment; eight months on each count, with the time to be served concurrently.
Judge Gabriel was very stern in warning the offender, “If it wasn’t for people like you, sir, who possesses this kind of material, there would be no incentive for the monsters doing this to the children…And you’re bringing it into Canada!”
“Let me be very direct. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t care that children are treated this way that is prepared to contribute to the perpetualization of an industry that treats children this way, you’re not the type of person we want in Canada in any event.”
Upon completion of his sentence at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth, Mr Acheampong will be deported.