A Kamloops man has been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after pleading guilty on Monday to one count of possession of child pornography.
Kevin MacLeod, 51, had been facing several charges, including production of child pornography, invitation to sexual touching of a person under 16 and touching a person under 16 for a sexual purpose, but those counts are expected to be stayed in exchange for his lone guilty plea.
MacLeod pleaded guilty by phone due to COVID-19 precautions in place at the Kamloops Law Courts. Court heard he planned to turn himself in to police immediately.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley on Monday ordered MacLeod to undergo a pre-sentence evaluation with a psychological component. MacLeod had been free on bail, undergoing psychiatric treatment in the community.
“Mr. MacLeod is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of one year,” defence lawyer Cameron Johnson said. “It would make the most sense for him to be in custody and it would facilitate access for his psychiatry and the pre-sentence report.”
According to court documents, MacLeod possessed child pornography between May 2013 and March 2018 — the same date range laid out in the allegations that he produced child pornography, invited to sexual touching a person under 16 and touched a person under 16 for a sexual purpose.
MacLeod is scheduled to be sentenced during the week of Aug. 24, assuming his pre-sentence report has been completed by then.
Details of his offence will be made public at sentencing.