Sex doll ruled to be child porn, but N.L. judge finds 54-year-old man not guilty | CBC News

Sex doll ruled to be child porn, but N.L. judge finds 54-year-old man not guilty | CBC News

A St. John’s man accused of possessing child pornography in an unusual case involving what’s been described as a child sex doll has been found not guilty.

The provincial court trial of Kenneth Harrisson, 54, is believed to have been the first in Canada dealing with child pornography charges involving a sex doll.

In his decision Thursday morning, Judge Mark Pike said he believed the doll linked to Harrisson is child pornography, but the Crown hadn’t proven Harrisson’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

After court adjourned, defence lawyer Bob Buckingham was confronted by child protection advocate Linda Beaudoin, who asked the lawyer if he was a “pedophile sympathizer.”

“Are you an asshole?” Buckingham responded.

Doll intercepted at border    

Harrisson ordered the doll from Japan in 2013 and it was intercepted at the border. 

He testified he did not intend to have sex with the doll and he had ordered it for companionship to replace his son, who died as an infant.  

Harrisson said he did a Google search of the term “sex doll” and he chose the photo that showed the most “male-like” face to resemble his son who would have been around 25 in 2013.

Pike called Harrisson’s explanation “incredible,” but said the Crown hadn’t proved Harrisson intended to buy a doll resembling a child. 

The judge also found Harrisson not guilty of additional charges, including mailing obscene matter, and two charges under the federal Customs Act of smuggling and possession of prohibited goods.    

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