Kamloops man gets 18-month sentence for possessing hundreds of images and videos of child porn

Kevin MacLeod, 51, was originally the target of a police probe after Mounties received a report in 2018 that he had sexually touched foster children in the care of his now-deceased mother.

A Kamloops man who was found with hundreds of photos and videos of children as young as eight engaging in sex acts has been ordered to spend 18 months behind bars and banned for a decade from visiting playgrounds or working with kids.

Kevin MacLeod, 51, became the target of a police probe after Kamloops Mounties received a report in 2018 that he had sexually touched foster children in the care of his now-deceased mother.

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While those allegations did not lead to charges, police obtained a warrant to search MacLeod’s Brocklehurst home on March 18, 2018. Investigators seized and searched four Samsung smartphones, 35 CDs, 11 USB drives and 55 hard drives, turning up a large amount of child pornography.

Police found an image depicting sexual violence against a young child and others showing children as young as eight engaged in sexually degrading acts, as well as hundreds of images and videos showing nude children. A number of photos depicting bestiality were also found, as well as images labelled “incest” and “kiddy porn.”

Crown prosecutor Alison Buchanan said the size of MacLeod’s collection and the age of the children depicted were aggravating factors. Defence lawyer Cameron Johnson described his client as a hoarders, saying he had a hard time letting items go.

MacLeod had no prior criminal record. He had been in custody since his guilty plea in June of this year.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Steven Wilson sentenced MacLeod to 18 months in prison, to be followed by two years of probation. Wilson also imposed a 10-year ban on working or volunteering with children or visiting places where they might be expected to be present, including parks and swimming pools.

MacLeod was also ordered to register as a sex offender for 20 years. 

After being given credit for time served pre-sentence, he has about 11 months remaining behind bars.

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