Nfld. & Labrador

What's in the box? Sex doll could be adult not child, lawyer says

The lawyer for a St. John's man charged with possession of child pornography is suggesting a sex doll could depict an adult woman not a child.
The main exhibit at the trial has been kept under wraps, but an expert witness has seen photos and has said the doll inside looks like a child. (Glenn Payette/CBC)

The lawyer for a St. John's man charged with possession of child pornography is suggesting a sex doll depicts an adult woman, not a child.

The doll was shipped to Kenneth Harrisson, 52, in St. John's in March 2013.

Kenneth Harrisson, 52 is on trial for possession of child porn. Crown alleges he had a child sex doll shipped to him. (Glenn Payette/CBC News)

Harrisson is charged with possessing child porn, and with violating the Customs Act for smuggling the doll into Canada and is on trial in Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court.

An expert witness called by the Crown, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Peter Collins, has testified that in his opinion the doll is child pornography because it depicts a child and is meant for sexual purposes.

Collins has based his opinion on pictures the police sent to him, and by looking at the website of the manufacturer, ​Harumi Designs, a Japanese company that also makes adult sex dolls.

Harrisson's lawyer, Bob Buckingham, says the box contains an adult sex doll named 'Carol.' (Glenn Payette/CBC News)

Defence lawyer Bob Buckingham told the court Friday that the child sex dolls on the Harumi website go by names like Lola and Lolita and that the doll sent to his client has the name Carol.

Harumi refers to the Carol doll as an adult, and says it has pubic hair. 

It says the doll is five feet, three inches tall. Police say the doll they seized from Harrisson is four feet.

Collins said he had not measured the doll.

The trial has adjourned until Oct. 16.


Glenn Payette


A veteran journalist with more than 30 years' experience, Glenn Payette is a videojournalist with CBC News in St. John's.