Guilty plea nets jail sentence

NANAIMO – A man that pleaded guilty to child pornography-related charges last September will spend close to five more years behind bars.

A man who pleaded guilty to a number of child pornography-related charges in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo last September will spend close to five more years behind bars.

Sean James Athey pleaded guilty to a count of possession of child pornography, making or publishing child pornography and sexual interference of a person under 16.

The incidents took place between Jan. 1, 2001 and March 26, 2014.

On June 17, Judge Robin Baird handed down jail sentences on each conviction. Taking into account credit for the time served by Athey since charges were laid in 2014, he will serve an additional four and a half years in jail, according to Dan McLaughlin, Crown counsel spokesman.

In addition, Athey is prohibited from owning firearms for 10 years and must register as a sex offender with the National Sex Offender Registry.

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