Child porn collector gets another 5 months; three month sentence boosted on appeal
A Manitoba judge has increased the jail sentence given to a former Winnipeg community-centre worker who was caught with a massive collection of child pornography.
Dwayne Proulx, 47, had already finished serving his three-month stint behind bars but learned Wednesday he now must spend another five months in custody.
Queen's Bench Justice John Menzies ruled the original penalty handed down in March 2009 by provincial court Judge Brian Corrin wasn't strong enough.
The Crown had appealed Corrin's decision and was seeking a one-year sentence.
Proulx pleaded guilty to possessing 2,466 images and videos determined by police to be child pornography. Police described his collection as "meticulously organized" and said the images included children as young as three being sexually abused by adults.
Proulx downloaded and stored the pictures on a computer at Winnipeg's Park City West Community Club, where he worked for 15 years as a caretaker. He later told justice officials he would spend up to five hours a day searching for new images and carefully cataloguing them on his computer.
He was arrested in 2006 after a co-worker found the collection and called police.
Proulx has been diagnosed by medical experts as having a form of pedophilia but claims he's never considered having actual sexual relations with a child.
He spent three years free on bail under strict conditions following his arrest without any criminal reinvolvement.
Proulx has now been placed on three years of supervised probation and his name will be entered in the national sex offender registry for the next 20 years.