CALGARY - The sentencing of a former courthouse security guard on child pornography charges has been delayed after a psychiatric report indicated he may be recanting.
Defence counsel James Wyman asked that Daniel Thomas Mackie’s case be adjourned when a report suggested he was denying one of the allegations against him.
Mackie, a one-time guard with the private company Securitas, pleaded guilty to 39 charges in August, most relating to his pursuit of young children to make child pornography.
One of his admissions involved communicating with a teen boy while in violation of a release condition, a charge he is now apparently denying.
Wyman asked provincial court Judge Catherine Skene to adjourn the case to next week so he can determine if he can remain on the record.
If he can, a new sentencing date will be set and if not, the case will have to be delayed further for Mackie to get a new lawyer.
In a statement of agreed facts made an exhibit in August, Mackie admitted allegations as far back as November 2007 in which he accessed child pornography and tried to get a 13-year-old girl to send him naked pictures by threatening to post other photos of her on the Internet.
Mackie contacted more than 21 young girls and boys between 11 and 16 years of age between November 2007 and July 2011, through social networking sites.
If they communicated with him he would asked for photos of them in their underwear, nude pictures, or that they appear naked on a webcam for him.
Those who refused had Mackie access their Facebook, or e-mail accounts and “threaten the kids in order to acquire naked photos,” the exhibit stated.
On some occasions he would use the accounts to pose as his victims and request naked photos of their friends.
“Mackie was successful in getting some of the kids to send him pictures in their underwear or naked or to go naked on webcam for him,” it said.
“He would sometimes post the pictures on the kids’ online accounts or send them to the kids’ friend in an attempt to extort more pictures.”
When arrested in July 2011 by Calgary police Mackie told investigators it “was just something to do,” and he enjoyed “the thrill of the hunt.”
He remains in custody pending resolution of the case.