The public will get an idea of how long a former top educational bureaucrat will spend behind bars after being convicted on child pornography charges as the sentencing hearing for Benjamin Levin gets underway in Toronto.
Levin, once the top educational bureaucrat in Ontario, formerly in Manitoba and an advisor to Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne fell from grace after his arrest in July 2013. Up until then Levin was influential in educational circles from his post at The University of Toronto.
Levin's arrest and admission of guilt has caused a great deal of controversy among parents concerned that this man played a role in developing Ontario's controversial sex-ed curriculum -- something supported by this exclusive TheRebel.media story on Levin.
But you wouldn't know it from much of the media coverage.
The Canadian Press issued a brief story, carried on several media websites, that played down Levin's actions and his one time hold on educational policy in Canada's biggest province.
Benjamin Levin pleaded guilty to three child pornography-related charges in a Toronto court last month.
The 63-year-old was originally charged with seven child porn related offences.
In a written statement distributed by his lawyer, Levin has said he’s “deeply ashamed”of his actions.
Over at The Toronto Sun, crime reporter Sam Pazzano laid out why Levin's case matters.
Levin, 63, used to be a globe-trotting expert who counselled premiers and educational leaders.
During his off hours, court heard, he frequented an online incest chatroom and counselled single moms on how to sexually assault their daughters — a site where his profile listed his sexuality as “nothing is taboo.”
Before his career-ending arrest in July 2013, Levin was speaking at conferences and workshops around the world.
Pazzano writes that when Levin would travel to speak at educational conferences around the world, he would spend his days telling top educrats how to reshape the educational system, then go back to his hotel room where he would visit websites dedicated to sexually abusing children.
Levin's lawyer Clayton Ruby has said his client's intention was simply to role play.
In one chat with an undercover police officer, Levin encouraged a woman he thought was a single mother to molest her own children, telling her he had done the same to his own daughters. While that claim was made at trial, no evidence that he actually molested his daughters was presented.
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