Port McNeill man gets nine months in jail for sharing child pornography

Patrick Bondar possessed more than 20,000 digital images and videos and distributed them online.

  • Feb. 17, 2011 8:00 p.m.
Patrick Bondar outside the courthouse in Port Hardy in May 2010.

Patrick Bondar outside the courthouse in Port Hardy in May 2010.

PORT MCNEILL – A man who shared some of the more than 20,000 digital pornographic images and 1,500 videos of children with others via the Internet will spend nine months in jail. Patrick Bondar, aged 57, was first arrested Mar. 9, 2010 when RCMP executed a search warrant at his apartment in Port McNeill. Police seized two computers, multiple hard drives and a large collection of CDs and DVDs Crown Counsel Mark Wolf told court in Port Hardy Feb. 16. “There were very disturbing images,” said Wolf of the sample viewed by RCMP investigators. “Some depicting very young children in sexual acts with adults and in bondage.” Wolf explained that RCMP use four tiers to categorize the depravity of pornography. Most of the sample were in the second or third tier, said Wolf, but at least one sample was in the highest category of depravity. Local police were alerted to Bondar’s possession and distribution of child pornography through the efforts of the National Child Exploitation Coordination Center and the ‘E’ Division Integrated Child Exploitation Unit. Information from both international and national levels identified the point of origin for the distribution of images and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Police also worked with Google and Yahoo to identify urls used by Bondar. Wolf said that Bondar, who plead guilty almost immediately, did not appear to have any insight into why he has been viewing pornography for three or four years but told police that he had “too much time on his hands.” Wolf added that Bondar had expressed remorse. Two letters from residents of Port McNeill, attested to Bondar’s character. Wolf asked for a year in jail and three years probation for Bondar, citing case law in other jurisdictions. He noted the quantity of the materials, the fact they were posted to public websites, the age of the children and the level of depravity. Bondar’s lawyer, asked for the minimum sentence of 90 days. “There is no indication he produced or created any of these images. He is of good character and entered an early guilty plea,” said James Hormoth in defense of his client. “He is a 30 year resident of Port McNeill. There has been no escape from the scorn or shame. He will carry that scorn and shame for the rest of his life.” In the end, Judge E. Iverson ruled that Bondar serve nine months in jail followed by three years of probation during which he must participate in counselling. He is prohibited from possessing, viewing or accessing pornography, owning a computer or electronic device that has access to the internet, having a internet subscription, and or from being in the company of anyone under the age of 18 unless accompanied by an adult approved by his probation officer. As well, for 10 years Bondar may not be present in public parks, swimming areas, schools, playgrounds, daycares or other places where children under the age of 16 are likely to be. He also may not have computer communication with anyone under the age of 16 and he may not hold a job or volunteer in any capacity where he would be in the company of anyone under the age of 16. Bondar must also submit a DNA sample and will be added to the national sex offender registry.