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Former Alberta Party leadership candidate sentenced to 4½ years in prison for massive child porn collection

Former Alberta Party leadership candidate Troy Millington was sentenced to 4½ years in prison for causing "great harm to thousands of children over the years" with his massive child pornography collection.

Troy Millington will get just over 4 months credit for time he's already served

Troy Millington was convicted by a jury in April of three child porn-related offences. (Campaign photo)

Former Alberta Party leadership candidate Troy Millington was sentenced to 4½ years in prison for causing "great harm to thousands of children over the years" with his massive child pornography collection. 

Millington, 48, was convicted by a jury earlier this year of three child pornography offences and was sentenced Wednesday by Justice Kim Nixon. 

Nixon spent much of her sentencing decision acknowledging the damage done to children by offenders who access and distribute child pornography. 

"Possession of child pornography is itself child abuse," said the judge. 

"I heard not one word from Mr. Millington to demonstrate the slightest appreciation of the harm he has caused," she noted. 

The hands-on sexual abuse and exploitation of children "encourages the grooming and seduction of children ... fuels fantasies of pedophiles" and "makes immoral seem acceptable," said Nixon in quoting previous Canadian sentencing cases.

In 2016, police found thousands of images and videos on Milligton's computer — a collection of child pornography that had been amassed over a period of 10 years.

The judge said Millington has a complete lack of insight into his crimes, zero interest in attending counselling and has shown no remorse to his victims.

4-months credit for time served

In April, Millington — who represented himself throughout the court proceedings — was convicted by a jury on three charges related to child pornography.

During the trial, Millington said he had the images and videos on his computer because he was trying to rid the world of child pornography by creating an algorithm or program that would prevent dissemination of the images.

On Tuesday, prosecutors Jenny Rees and Aurelie Beland proposed a seven-year prison term while Millington asked the judge to sentence him to time served — 90 days.

In 2013, Millington ran, unsuccessfully, for the leadership of the Alberta Party. The next year, he represented the party as a candidate in the Calgary-West byelection but lost.

Millington will receive just over four months credit for the time he has already served. 

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Meghan Grant

CBC Calgary crime reporter

Meghan Grant is the courts and crime reporter for CBC Calgary. If you have a good story idea or tip, you can reach her at meghan.grant@cbc.ca or on Twitter at @CBCMeg.

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