Crown: M. Collins, Office of the Crown Attorney, Ottawa
Defence: Craig Penney, Toronto Child Pornography and Computer Crimes Lawyer, Ottawa
¶ 1 CLERK: Yes?
¶ 2 AGENT: Good morning, Your Worship. Good morning, Madam Clerk.
¶ 3 THE COURT: Good morning.
¶ 4 AGENT: Khoury, initial M., for the record. I have a line number, 259, Mr. B. This is Craig Penney's matter. I'll appear as designate for his client. I have an e-mail from Mr. Wightman that he is agreeing to withdraw the charges at this time.
¶ 5 CROWN: That is correct. Mr. Wightman has indicated he was going to withdraw the charges. There are a couple of comments I'd like to be on the record, though, at this time.
¶ 6 THE COURT: Go ahead.
¶ 7 CROWN: Firstly, the Crown would have significant difficulty proving knowledge and control at trial. His image is found in an allocated space and there were a number of different users who had access to the computer. The second comment, the Sexual Behaviours Report prepared by Doctor Witt, indicates that Mr. B. is a very low risk to re-offend. Withdraw the charges, please, Your Worship.
¶ 8 THE COURT: The matter regarding Mr. B. is withdrawn at the request of the Crown.
¶ 9 AGENT: That's all I have, Your Worship.
¶ 10 THE COURT: Thank you.