Dolphin trainer gets 13 months for child porn

Jahir Salas Vargas pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on Tuesday. (Facebook photo)

Jahir Salas Vargas pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on Tuesday. (Facebook photo)

Tara Bowie, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:40 PM ET

WOODSTOCK, Ont. -- A Mexican dolphin trainer who was in Canada on a one-year work visa was sentenced to 13 months and 19 days of jail time for possessing and making available graphic movies of child pornography through his computer.

Jahir Salas Vargas was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police on Oct. 9, 2013, when police executed a warrant at an Ingersoll, Ont., home where he was staying.

Police found 1,091 unique images and 83 unique movies featuring child pornography on a thumb drive and computers registered to Salas Vargas.

In September 2012 he received a one-year work visa to work with marine mammals at the West Edmonton Mall before moving temporarily to Ingersoll to house-sit a home owned by relatives.

Justice Matthew Graham accepted a joint recommendation by the defence and the Crown of 15 months' incarceration, minus presentence custody, with no probation since Salas Vargas planned to return to Mexico immediately following the completion of his sentence.

Salas Vargas also had to provide DNA and is now listed on the sex offender registry.

 


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