Man had photo of teen being sexually abused by her stepfather

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Harold Carmichael, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:39 AM ET

SUDBURY, Ont. -- A Sudbury-area man will spend a year in jail for having a photo of a teenage girl being sexually abused by her stepfather.

Jason White, 27, also had chats of a sexual nature with the girl, and sent her sexually explicit photographs.

Assistant Crown attorney Julie Lefebvre said while White never actually met with the teen, who is from Guelph, Ont., his contact with her was the result of another person exploiting her.

"Mr. White's role in this is he fuelled the abuse of a child," she said. "A child was abused by her stepfather and because of individuals like Mr. White, the abuse continued."

The court heard police launched an investigation after the girl's mother discovered a cellphone photo of her husband engaged in a sexual act with her daughter.

Police determined the stepfather was in contact with other men and sent them photographs. With his help, White contacted the stepdaughter several times and had chats of a sexual nature using the name Jay.

A forensic check of White's iPhone turned up chats with three other young teenage females in which he asked for sex pictures. In one chat, White asked to meet with the Guelph teen.

White pleaded guilty to two of the six charges: possession of child pornography and luring a child. The Crown dropped the other charges.

White's jailtime will be followed by three years' probation, with conditions including he not have Internet access except at work, and cannot be in the presence of someone under the age of 16 unless it's a family member and another adult is present.

White will be registered on the national sex offenders' registry for 20 years.

The Guelph man, meanwhile, was charged by police and his case is still before the courts.

A North Bay man, likewise, who was also charged, has yet to be dealt with in the courts.

harold.carmichael@sunmedia.ca


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