Arrested in September 2018 with in his possession on his computer 257 images of child pornography featuring the family of Bart Simpson, a former computer scientist tried to convince the judge on Thursday that he “did not know” their existence.
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In February 2020, Jean-Baptiste Abel, 31, a former computer scientist who was in the service of the Canadian Armed Forces was found guilty of possession, distribution and access to child pornography between 1is August 2015 and October 19, 2016.
While he was under engagement in this case, Abel was intercepted in his car, while he was parked in the parking lot of a Tim Hortons.
In his hands, he had a computer, which was forbidden to him and, to justify himself, he had explained to the police that he was there to play a video game of war since he was “a gamer. compulsive”.
The computer he owned was seized, then scanned, and 257 child pornography files were found. They were cartoons of the characters of Bart and Maggie Simpson who were having sex with each other or with their parents Omer and Marge.
Yesterday, in the course of the pleadings, the lawyer of Abel, Me Louis Belliard reminded Judge Rachel Gagnon that his client had indeed broken his release conditions and that he admitted that the images found constituted child pornography.
However, he considers that no evidence was presented to the Tribunal to demonstrate that it was indeed his client who had downloaded the images.
He also recalled that Abel’s mother testified that it was the wife of the former computer scientist who used the laptop or the father of the accused “who liked to watch the Simpsons”.
In prosecution, Me Sonia Lapointe invited the President of the Tribunal to “dismiss out of hand” the testimony of Abel’s mother who is there “to save her boy”.
She also noted that the accused’s testimony was “not credible” and that “all of the evidence showed that the alleged offense had indeed been committed”.
The President of the Tribunal has taken the case under advisement and will announce her judgment on December 10.