Sharpe sentenced to 2 years for indecent assault

John Robin Sharpe has been sentenced to 2 years less a day for indecent assault

John Robin Sharpe, who challenged Canada's child pornography laws all the way to the Supreme Court, has been sentenced to two years less a day for indecent assault on a boy more than three decades ago.

Sharpe, 71 and in poor health, said he would appeal the sentence.

The assaults began in the late 1970s when the boy was 11 years old. The assaults occurred multiple times over about a two-year period.

The victim, who is now 35, testified that Sharpe paid him money, marijuana and cigarettes to pose in hundreds of photos.

He said they also engaged in masturbation, oral sex and digital penetration.

The Crown had asked for a sentence of two to four years. The maximum sentence for the crime is 10 years.

In 2000, Sharpe challenged the country's child pornography laws, saying they violated his right to freedom of expression.

Sharpe's legal battles drew national attention as he fought for the right to create sexually explicit stories involving sexual encounters with young boys.

The Supreme Court upheld most of the laws, allowing some exceptions in areas of artistic merit, drawings and writings that are imaginary.

In March 2002, the B.C. Supreme Court found Sharpe not guilty of possessing written child pornography. He was found guilty on two counts of possessing pornographic pictures of children and later sentenced to four months of house arrest.