Jury in Shediac child porn case struggles to reach verdict

The jury in the trial of a former Shediac daycare operator facing child pornography-related charges has been instructed to continue to try to reach a unanimous verdict.

Second day of deliberations for former daycare operator Randy O'Brien continue

The jury in the trial of a former Shediac daycare operator facing child pornography-related charges told the judge it could not reach a unanimous verdict on Thursday afternoon.

But Moncton Court of Queen's Bench Justice Jean-Paul Ouellette instructed the six men and six women to keep trying.

Randy O'Brien has pleaded not guilty to attempting to procure child pornography and two counts of trying to counsel two minors to produce child pornography.

The jury, which began deliberations on Wednesday at about 2:30 p.m., will remain sequestered until it can reach a verdict.

The trial is centered around the testimony of two teenage witnesses, following events they claim happened on a Saturday afternoon in August of 2011.

They testified O'Brien offered them $200 for pictures in a bikini and $500 for naked pictures.

Earlier on Thursday, the jury had asked to access testimony from the preliminary hearing. But the judge denied the request, telling the jurors to consider only what was presented in court.

The jury did listen again to the testimony of the first police officer to take statements from the teens.

The defence has challenged the credibility of the teens, who can't be identified under a publication ban, but the Crown has argued they are credible.