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 2015-05-29 12:45:57 -0400
Three years in prison is not near enough time for destroying young lives: it should have been thirty years.