A South Surrey man has been sentenced to nine months in jail and two years probation for possessing child pornography.

Douglas Wayne Bowers, who turns 64 today, assembled collages of his victims, mixing their images with online nudes.

Police raided his home at 16295 40th Avenue in June 2009 and found what was described as child porn — 250 videos and more than 1,000 images including two doctored images of a child and several images of unknown naked children.

Bowers pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in December 2010.

He will be put on the national child sex offender registry for the next 10 years.

Conditions of his probation include:

  • No access to public parks, playgrounds or community centres.
  • No contact with minors.
  • No job where he will be in position of trust or authority with minors. 
  • No access to the internet.

The court heard Bowers grew up in Whitehorse and was emotionally and physically abused by his father. He was also sexually abused as a minor on at least two occasions, once by a sibling and then by a family friend.

According to a psychiatric report in 2011, Bowers has long been suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts, especially after his son died in a 2001 snowboarding accident.