Nfld. & Labrador

Child sex doll trial: St. John's man appears in court

Kenneth Harrisson, a St. John's man accused of bringing a child sex doll into Newfoundland and Labrador, appeared in court Monday for the start of his trial.

Defence asks that judge be removed from trial, cites past involvement in case

Kenneth Harrisson, 50, is on trial in relation to a child sex doll that he allegedly brought into Newfoundland and Labrador. (Glenn Payette/CBC)

Kenneth Harrisson, a St. John's man accused of bringing a child sex doll into Newfoundland and Labrador, appeared in court Monday for the start of his trial.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was alerted in 2013 by Canada Border Services Agency of a child sex doll that came through Toronto and was destined for St. John's. 

The package also contained lubricant and underwear, the court was told.

The court heard that the RNC set up a "controlled delivery" to Harrisson on March 12 that year, and he signed for the package

Harrisson is facing charges in relation to smuggling a child sex doll, using the mail system for indecent purpose, and possession of child porn.

The doll depicts a girl under the age of 18, designed for a sexual purpose and wearing a school uniform. 

The trial was delayed early on, however, after the defence asked that Judge Mark Pike remove himself from the bench of the trial.

Bob Buckingham argued Pike shouldn't do the trial because he issued warrants in connection with the case and spoke with a key witness.

Buckingham is expected to file an application Tuesday asking Pike to step aside.

No more evidence will be heard until that matter has been dealt with.