Former Alberta Party leadership candidate sentenced to 4½ years in prison for massive child porn collection

Former Alberta Party leadership candidate Troy Millington was sentenced to 4½ years in prison for causing “great harm to thousands of children over the years” with his massive child pornography collection. 

Millington, 48, was convicted by a jury earlier this year of three child pornography offences and was sentenced Wednesday by Justice Kim Nixon. 

Nixon spent much of her sentencing decision acknowledging the damage done to children by offenders who access and distribute child pornography. 

“Possession of child pornography is itself child abuse,” said the judge. 

“I heard not one word from Mr. Millington to demonstrate the slightest appreciation of the harm he has caused,” she noted. 

The hands-on sexual abuse and exploitation of children “encourages the grooming and seduction of children … fuels fantasies of pedophiles” and “makes immoral seem acceptable,” said Nixon in quoting previous Canadian sentencing cases.

In 2016, police found thousands of images and videos on Milligton’s computer — a collection of child pornography that had been amassed over a period of 10 years.

The judge said Millington has a complete lack of insight into his crimes, zero interest in attending counselling and has shown no remorse to his victims.

4-months credit for time served

In April, Millington — who represented himself throughout the court proceedings — was convicted by a jury on three charges related to child pornography.

During the trial, Millington said he had the images and videos on his computer because he was trying to rid the world of child pornography by creating an algorithm or program that would prevent dissemination of the images.

On Tuesday, prosecutors Jenny Rees and Aurelie Beland proposed a seven-year prison term while Millington asked the judge to sentence him to time served — 90 days.

In 2013, Millington ran, unsuccessfully, for the leadership of the Alberta Party. The next year, he represented the party as a candidate in the Calgary-West byelection but lost.

Millington will receive just over four months credit for the time he has already served. 



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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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