May 29, 2015

Ben Levin sentenced to three years in prison on child porn related charges

Rebel Staff

Ben Levin, a former top bureaucrat in charge of education in Ontario and Manitoba has been sentenced to three years in prison on three separate charges related to child pornography.

Reading from her decision Madame Justice Heather McArthur said that any sentence involving child pornography must be strong enough to send a message to others that society will not accept the behaviour.

Ben Levin, who was a professor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the time of his arrest, had previously been deputy minister of education in Manitoba and Ontario.

He was arrested in July 2013 and originally faced seven charges. He and his lawyer proclaimed innocence but later switched to a guilty plea on three of the charges in March 2015.

Justice McArthur said that three years in prison is neither too long nor too harsh a sentence.

Levin was given a six month sentence for possession of child pornography, 12 months for making child pornography and 18 months for counselling a sexual assault.

At trial the court heard how Levin has counselled a woman on how to sexually assault her own young daughter.

His own children and other relatives submitted written declarations to the court that he had never molested them.

The judge acknowledged that these submissions and other character witnesses were mitigating factors but none the less said a sentence of three years was warranted.

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commented 2015-10-14 15:41:13 -0400
sicko – put them all on a plane and let them fly over Ukraine
commented 2015-06-12 22:35:46 -0400
Sentencing rules are a sad joke on keeping us free from harm and yet helping the courts from hurting their friends and benefactors.
I see little in the way of true justice here. If this is an example of law then I demand justice. 15 years no parole. How long has he been a sexual criminal? All the time he was employed in the GOVT. how much damage has he done? Who were his accomplices? What positions do/did they hold? How long did the RCMP know?
This country needs a huge shakeup.
commented 2015-06-07 01:05:55 -0400
Unfortunately, the principles a judge must apply to criminal sentencing don’t take the likelihood of early release and actual time served into account.
commented 2015-06-07 01:00:36 -0400
Peter Neverville, you do seem to have misunderstood Joan’s comment. That said Joan, your response was a tad extreme. You basically called Peter a pedophile. Really?
I think it’s pretty clear we are all mostly on the same page. Sure, more time would have been appropriate, but that’s the trade off a judge makes when accepting guilty pleas and joint sentencing submissions. It sucks, but it’s the bargain society strikes in order to balance the need for punishment and deterrence vs the cost and uncertainty of a long drawn-out trial.
However, I do think Levin’s high-profile government position — heavily involved in the education of minor children, no less — aggravated his crimes, and ought to have resulted in a higher sentence. Realistically, he could end up only serving 2 years or less, with good behaviour. Sentences should be tailored with that in mind. If I was the Crown, I’d have fought for at least 6 years, and that way he might actually serve 3.
commented 2015-06-03 20:03:47 -0400
Joan Abernethy – Levin said himself that he co-designed the curriculum with Wynne and had everything to do with it. Of course he could have been lying but I think he, like Wynne, is proud of the pornographic content. And only perverts could think that its content is acceptable for underage minors, in my opinion.
commented 2015-06-02 13:39:08 -0400
Peter Netterville – where did I say three years is enough? I said what Dan said (whose head you did not bite off) that I am pleased he got federal time.

You say you disagree with me. That means you wish he got nice cushy provincial time. What a Liberal you are, Peter Netterville. Or, as Judy suggests, a pedophile.
commented 2015-06-02 13:32:09 -0400
Bravo Zulu – I know you want to be accurate so won’t mind me correcting the widely-spread false narrative that Levin wrote the curriculum. He did not.
commented 2015-06-01 09:43:12 -0400
I hope this sentence will be appealed, because he deserves much longer than that pat on the head that he just received.
commented 2015-05-30 13:07:55 -0400
Garry Wood, our self-identified troll…interesting that you are not criticizing a child predator nor his light sentence…but instead all those who care about the safety of children…says much about you, such a troll…
commented 2015-05-30 10:43:37 -0400
These Liberal judges should be publicly hanged along with the criminals they protect.
commented 2015-05-30 09:24:40 -0400
Peter – Especially a child abuser in a position of authority, who has direct influence on the development of policies dealing with the “sex” education, or actually it is the “grooming” of our children, to accept any type of perversion. I don’t see why we even bother prosecuting this scum anymore, because the sentences coming out of our courts these days, are an injustice to society as a whole.
commented 2015-05-29 23:43:38 -0400
Well Judy. there is always that possibility. Difficult to know for sure. In my opinion any child abusers should receive minimum sentences ranging in the 30 year range, and always placed in general population. I have no mercy whatsoever for child abusers.
commented 2015-05-29 23:36:11 -0400
It makes one wonder if those in charge who find his sentence sufficient have a desire to protect men like him BY SETTING PRECEDENTS IN CASE THEY GET CAUGHT TOO
commented 2015-05-29 23:30:40 -0400
At least this diddler got some time, not enough, and at least he got federal, instead of provincial time. He’ll be doing his time in Protective Custody with all the other short eyed scum who need protection from the general population…unless he’s sent to a country-club-jail…Hug-a-thug and Hug-a-pedo ‘justice’ at work in Canada…
commented 2015-05-29 21:54:02 -0400
I say, put him in prison & throw away the key. He will get out before he has served his full sentence & continue with his filthy behaviour.
commented 2015-05-29 21:34:16 -0400
Not nearly enough time. And how much of his sentence will he actually serve? But Canada being a soft-on-crime jurisdiction, the prosecution only asked for 3 years and 8 months, so presumably they will be satisfied. On the bright side, Levin will be a designated sex-offender and have his DNA registered, both for life.
commented 2015-05-29 20:13:04 -0400
Not enough – but wynne loves his new school program – she might call me a homophobe but I call her a HomoNazi

She likely knew his little games and tolerated them until the program was written – she has an agenda – and your kids are her target

I noticed cbc, ctv and the star were not allowing comments on the articles they posted on the internet
commented 2015-05-29 16:35:51 -0400
be in stephen harper band in beat a drim like phillip nolan did!
commented 2015-05-29 15:59:07 -0400
Who is in charge of the judges? Is it the provincial law societies? Are we able to file complaints against judges, the same as we can for lawyers?
commented 2015-05-29 15:36:25 -0400
Where are our trolls to come to the support and defense of Dr. Ben Levin, the esteemed liberal and colleague of our esteemed liberal leaders…wynne, trudeau, ……
commented 2015-05-29 15:25:50 -0400
Will he be given ‘special’ protection while in prison? or will he be in general population? Should the tax payer pay hundred and thousands of dollars extra to provide special protection?
commented 2015-05-29 15:23:49 -0400
Will he be given ‘special’ protection while in prison? or will he be in general population? Should the tax payer pay hundred and thousands of dollars extra to provide special protection?
commented 2015-05-29 15:17:22 -0400
I was glancing through the CBC news on my computer to see what lies they were telling today, when I noticed an article – not headlines, but on the side bar more than half way down, the report of ‘an ex Ontario deputy minister being sentenced to 3 years in prison’. I opened it and read through most of it. One of the bold headings states -‘Esteemed academic, Politician’ and goes on to list all of his appointments and positions within various governments. Clayton Ruby his lawyer stated that Levin had received numerous letters of support from colleagues and his family.
I could not read any further as I was ready to throw up.
‘Esteemed academic and politician’ – this POS is nothing but a sick lying pervert, stinking turd. I can see his family supporting him as this is what family is supposed to do, but support from colleagues after they knew what he was charged with. Maybe they should be investigated as well, because by supporting him they were supporting his perverted actions, was the Trudope one of them.
Last but not least is the sentencing judge, three years??
I really hope that Vlad Johnson and Prince Knight get their wish. Better yet, someone on the inside should just slit his throat, then we will never have to worry about this POS again.
commented 2015-05-29 14:23:23 -0400
“Reading from her decision Madame Justice Heather McArthur said that any sentence involving child pornography must be strong enough to send a message to others that society will not accept the behaviour.” “Justice McArthur said that three years in prison is neither too long nor too harsh a sentence.”

Excuse me??? 3 yrs on three counts is a strong message to others? Laughable. Derisively laughable. A child’s psyche and emotional health is only valued at one year. Yeah, sure we value our children (in the legal system, at least)…

The only way this sentence would be considered “just” is if he’s placed in the prison’s general population. Then the other inmates can “discuss” with him his deeds and their consequences. If he’s placed in solitary (for his own protection), he won’t learn a damned thing, and may even think he got away with it.
commented 2015-05-29 13:57:11 -0400
Joan, I disagree. Three years is no where near enough. I agree with Jerry. Thirty or more is appropriate for charges against the most vulnerable in our society.

There is no better way to judge a society than on how it treats its children.
commented 2015-05-29 13:54:25 -0400
Tom Forsythe, are you using Chrome? I find that the Chrome browser does that, but from what I have seen, it does not happen in the Fixefox or MSIE browser.
commented 2015-05-29 13:53:14 -0400
2 years less a day – provincial jail. 2 years or more? Fed prison. Fed prison is nasty.

Levin is going to get the beating of his life. Levin is going to experience first hand what it feels like to be exploited like a piece of meat.

Enjoy Levin. You deserve every nasty dry run and fist ram you are about to get for next 3 years.
commented 2015-05-29 13:35:09 -0400
This is the pervert who had input into the controversial sex education program in ON, and he was in a position of authority. The sentence should have reflected this authority, so it should have been at least10-years, and no time credit. More injustice from our kangaroo court system. What a joke!
commented 2015-05-29 13:11:47 -0400
I am pleased to hear he will do hard prison time. Not that federal prisons don’t offer easy time to the well-connected. But I was worried he would get a suspended sentence or house arrest so this is good news. Even so, the sentence may be really a one-year sentence as he will be eligible for parole after one year.

But will Levin appeal this sentence?
commented 2015-05-29 13:05:35 -0400
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