Michael Kevin Stanhope

Michael Kevin Stanhope has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for possession of child pornography. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

Michael Kevin Stanhope, a Halifax businessman, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for possession of child pornography after admitting to taking pornographic images of a 17-year-old girl.

Stanhope pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing child pornography in September. The 67-year-old Bayside man was originally facing 10 charges including weapons offences, but the remaining nine charges were withdrawn on Wednesday in Halifax provincial court.

Stanhope will serve his sentence intermittently from Tuesdays to Fridays, beginning next week.

Judge Bill Digby ruled Stanhope must provide a DNA sample and his name will be put on the national sex offender registry.

Statement from victim's mother

"Are we pleased with the sentence? No!

There is no wonder there are so many of these predators now because the punishment is like a slap, a slap on the hand.

We are very proud of our daughter and her courage to speak up. She is doing very well. She is not a victim but a victor. When she came forward it was to stop him and ensure he could not hurt any other child. She accomplished that.

The HRP (Halifax Regional Police) worked very hard and did what they could. Catherine Cogswell did what she could do to bring him to justice.

Sick people can be cured and saved. Evil people are just evil.

Stanhope is evil."

After serving his jail time, he must serve two years probation. Stanhope, who owns Hairdressers' Market on Hollis Street in downtown Halifax, is now under a court order not to hire people under 18 years old at his business.

In addition to those conditions, Stanhope forfeits the guns and cameras police seized when his Bayside house was searched in August. A computer was also seized and it contained pornographic images of the girl — some of which he had taken, others she had apparently emailed to him.

Kim McOnie, a Crown attorney, pointed out Stanhope was almost four times older than his victim.

"Old enough to be her grandfather, her great-grandfather," McOnie said.

In mentioning the fact that the victim had sent pictures of herself to Stanhope, McOnie said, "This is not a level playing field."

Stan Macdonald, Stanhope's lawyer, said his client accepts responsibility for his actions. Macdonald said Stanhope's guilty plea means the girl didn't have to testify.

The girl was not in court on Wednesday, but her mother was there and provided a statement to CBC News. She said she is not happy with the sentence.

Her daughter is doing well, the woman wrote.

"When she came forward, it was to stop him and ensure he could not hurt any other child. She accomplished that," she wrote.

"Sick people can be cured and saved. Evil people are just evil. Stanhope is evil."