Montreal police have arrested 72-year-old Victor Dubé, who is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, as well as a breach of conditions charge, for the fourth time in ten years, according to CBC News. Dubé, who lives in the Montreal borough of Rosemont, has been convicted of three similar charges in 2005, 2010, and 2012, per the St. Catharines Standard, including a charge of sexual interference after sexually assaulting a 6-year-old boy in 2010.
Dubé was arrested and charged for child pornography at his Rosemont home on May 7, following investigations by the child sexual exploitation unit and major crimes unit of the Montreal police. A police tip led investigators to his home, where they seized homemade books and computer hardware. A computer forensics investigation showed Dubé to be in possession of thousands of illicit pictures and videos of young children. He was arrested during the raid.
Dubé appeared in court on May 8, and more charges may be laid.
Dubé’s 2010 arrest came about when the 6-year-old boy’s mother contacted police to report that her son had been molested while her computer was being fixed at Dubé’s home. That investigation led to the discovery of pornographic images of the boy, and other children, on Dubé’s computer.
Naturally, the question being asked now is, after three prior child-pornography-related arrests, why is Dubé still a free man? Defense attorney Philip Schneider spoke to Global News.
“He’s been charged in the past but he was either acquitted or the charges didn’t proceed. Or he could have been accorded what we call an absolute discharge, which avoids a criminal record for one particular offence.”
This seems to stand at odds with his convictions in 2005 and 2012. Although the charges were not made public, it is a matter of record that he was convicted. That being said, Schneider suggests that his latest arrest might be enough to keep him behind bars.
“If what he is alleged to be doing is almost identical to what those three previous things were, and those things themselves are identical, then the crown prosecutor can bring in those facts as proofs of similar facts.
If you can establish a pattern that has almost a stamp of identity on it, then you can bring this evidence in to establish the deliberate intention to have this material and to distribute this material.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Canadian police have been cracking down on child pornography recently. Dubé’s arrest is another in a long list of Canadians receiving child pornography-related charges since 2013.
[Image courtesy of the Montreal Police (SPVM)]