Descriptions of the child pornography found on former Ontario deputy education minister Ben Levin’s laptop computer were provided in court Monday by a Toronto Police officer.
Det.-Const. Paul Robb, the officer in charge of the investigation, detailed the explicit scenes, including those of pubescent and prepubescent girls having sex with each other or adults.
Other images showed girls in “black and metal restraints,” as well as depictions of bondage and girls engaged in sexual acts.
Robb was the first witness at the sentencing hearing for the former esteemed educator and tenured University of Toronto professor.
Levin, 63, pleaded guilty last month to possessing and creating child pornography and counselling to commit a sexual assault.
Justice Heather McArthur was the only one in the packed courtroom who was permitted to look at the disturbing images. She allowed Robb to briefly describe what was found on the Levin’s laptop.
Those images were eclipsed by a revelation from renowned psychiatrist Julian Gojer who testified that Levin said he had a face-to-face meeting with an English father of three in Amsterdam.
Gojer determined that Levin posed a low risk of re-offending for several reasons.
He cited the fact Levin never acted on his deviant fantasies but spoke of them online. He also expressed deep remorse and shame in therapy, the psychiatrist noted.
Levin and the English father conversed in an online chatline, discussing childhood sexual abuse, but then met in Amsterdam, court heard.
Gojer admitted under cross-examination by Crown attorney Patricia Garcia that this meeting “shows a step in the chain of predation” leading to the possible molestation of a child.
In the agreed statement of facts read last month, Levin has always maintained that he had never abused a child.
Gojer testified he never “challenged” Levin on this meeting when he discussed it with him on Sunday night. He also said he never included the meeting in his psychiatric assessment because it was simply too late.
He agreed the Amsterdam meeting was “a departure” from Levin’s online chatting pattern.
The sentencing hearing resumes Tuesday.