‘The most depraved collection I’ve seen’: Investigator testifies at Saskatoon child porn sentencing – Saskatoon

The officer who investigated a Saskatoon child pornographer’s hundreds of videos and thousands of images said they were the worst he’s ever encountered.

Philip Michael Chicoine admitted that he directed the real-time sexual abuse of children overseas using the computer program Skype from his parents’ home in Saskatoon.

Chicoine, 27, has pleaded guilty to 40 counts of ​possessing, producing and sharing child pornography.

“This is by far the most depraved collection I’ve seen,” Cpl. Jared Clarke from the Internet Child Exploitation Unit said at Chicoine’s sentencing hearing in Saskatoon Monday.

The Crown is asking for a 17-year sentence.

Paying parents to abuse children

Clarke said what made Chicoine’s case disturbing was not only his collection of more than 580 “unique” videos and more than 4,000 “unique” photos, it was also the fact that Chicoine spent more than $20,000 over five years to pay for the online exchanges.

‘This collection really stuck with me. It caused me to have nightmares.’
– Cpl. Jared Clarke, Internet Child Exploitation Unit

He would discuss his sexual interests with the parents of the abused children, who ranged at various points from infants to 14 years. Then the parents would abuse the children according to his specific directions.

The Crown presented graphic and disturbing videos in court that they said had been seized from Chicoine’s computer. The short excerpts shown depicted scenes of horrific child abuse. Screams of the victims could be heard throughout the courtroom. 

Chicoine indicated in the exchanges that he preferred children who cried during the abuse, and that he favoured “hurtcore” and complained about the difficulties of finding “pedomoms.”

The images and videos — many of them involving torture and bondage — were, in Clarke’s words, “the worst” he has seen in a six-year career investigating similar cases.

Some of the material was so disturbing, Clarke said, that it affected…

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