Salmon Arm man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

A former resident of Salmon Arm will serve the minimum sentence of 90 days in jail on weekends for a charge of importing and distributing child pornography.

Bruce Darcy Abar, 52, a former Salmon Arm restaurant owner who has now moved to another unnamed small town the in B.C. Interior, was sentenced to the jail time plus one year probation after an investigation by the RCMP's Internet Child Exploitation Unit in Saskatchewan discovered evidence of him sharing pornographic images and videos of prepubescent and teenaged boys.

Four computers and a collection of CDs were seized from Abar's Salmon Arm home on April 26, 2011.

Abar's collection involved more than a thousand images and videos, which he viewed and then allowed other computer users to access his collection by providing the password to a file sharing application. More than 200 people gained access to the files.

Abar was not involved in producing any of the material and a psychologist who examined him determined he was not a pedophile and called him a "nil to negligible risk for the sexual abuse of children."

While Crown Counsel Angela Ross was asking for a nine to 12 month jail sentence, his defence lawyer Glenn Verdurmen said the offence was out of character for a man with no prior criminal record and that his life has been dramatically altered as a result of the public shame. Once the charges were revealed, Abar was forced to give up his franchise restaurant business.

Provincial Court Justice Roy Dickey noted Abar's guilty plea as a mitigating factor in sentencing, as well as his remorse and willingness to attend counselling.

In addition to the intermittent jail time at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre and probation, Abar is banned from possessing pornographic material, may not enter areas of the internet where the topic is pornography and forfeited all the seized computer equipment. He is also required to supply a DNA sample to the criminal database.

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