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N.B. man who made child porn says he's not evil

A Tracyville man who pleaded guilty to 11 charges of producing child pornography, sexual touching and sexual assault told a judge Monday that he isn't evil.

A Tracyville man who pleaded guilty to 11 charges of producing child pornography, sexual touching and sexual assault told a judge Monday that he isn't evil.

Michael Gary Gilbert's hands shook as he read a letter to the judge in provincial court in Burton.

He said he was sorry, that he knew his actions were inappropriate, but he meant no harm.

The 41-year-old told the court that he had struggled with being homosexual and suffered from depression.

Gilbert was arrested at his home in Tracyville more than two years ago. Police seized his computer and found thousands of images of child pornography, many produced by Gilbert himself.

There were also videos showing Gilbert with young boys between the ages of four and 16 years of age.   

Crown prosecutor Karen Lee Lamrock said Gilbert is a sexual predator who preyed on society's most vulnerable members. She asked for a 20-year prison term.

Gilbert's lawyer, Ron Morris, said a sentence of seven to 12 years would be more appropriate.

"Basically, the maximum sentence for very similar type offences — as a matter of fact for a little worse type of offences — is 15 years," he said.

"The Crown wanted to go for 20 years, which is five years more. I don't think the court was impressed with that part of that. But, I'm not sure. He might have a totally different view of it."

Judge Alfred Brien adjourned sentencing until March 21.

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