Extensive child porn collection nets St. John’s man sentence

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31-year-old handed more than 2 years in jail

The courtroom was silent as  Judge Colin Flynn watched intently a video from a computer screen placed on the bench and only he could see.

Christopher Cyril Lunnen was in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday afternoon to be sentenced for distributing child pornography and having thousands of child pornography images. — Photo by Rosie Mullaley/The Telegram

He looked stern and then turned away after a few minutes having viewed most of it.

The video was of a toddler being raped. While the sound was turned off, police had said the young girl can be heard screaming and crying unintelligibly.

It was one of 42 videos and 2,118 photos of child pornography that Christopher Cyril Lunnen had in his collection.

“At the end of the day, I’m not eloquent enough a person to express the depth of the guilt and remorse I feel for what I did,” the 31-year-old said Thursday before his sentencing at provincial court in St. John’s.

Minutes later, Flynn sentenced Lunnen to two years and three months in jail. Lunnen, who had been free on bail, was then taken into custody.

“The sentence reflects society’s abhorrence for these types of crimes,” Flynn said.

The video of the toddler was discovered as a result of an FBI undercover investigation into a Florida man, Christopher Alan Burdette, in the summer of 2011.

Burdette — who was later sentenced to 12 years in jail for distributing child porn — had received an email from Lunnen containing the video.

The RNC was contacted and traced the email to Lunnen.

The identity of the girl was unknown.

During a search warrant of Lunnen’s St. John’s apartment, officers seized his computer, cellphone and other digital devices.

Besides the extensive collection of photos and videos, officers also found a number of chat logs of conversations between Lunnen and other unidentified individuals. They and Lunnen would engage in role-playing that would revolve around the imagined sexual abuse of young children.

During one particular conversation, on July 15, 2011, Lunnen pretended that the depicted child was his own.

Lunnen admitted to police that he had been downloading and sending child pornography to unknown persons for the last few years. He said that he was sexually excited by the persons’ reactions, but denied being sexually attracted to children.

He also explained to officers how he obtained the images and showed him the websites and files he used.

In sentencing Lunnen, the judge went along with an agreed recommendation from Crown prosecutor Jeff Summers and defence counsel Jason Edwards.

As part of the sentence, Lunnen will have his name listed on the national sex offenders list for 20 years.

Once he’s out of jail, he will be on a five-year order to stay away from public places where anyone under the age of 16 would be. He is to have no contact or communication with anyone younger than 16 unless there’s another adult present and he’s banned from using the Internet.

 

rmullaley@thetelegram.com

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  • Feel for the victims
    August 16, 2014 - 14:59

    I want to know how the lawyers could have agreed to such an outrageous sentence, I dont know how that defence lawyer can sleep at knight doing what he does shame on him and shame on the system

  • disgusted
    August 15, 2014 - 23:22

    What is disgusting is the defence lawyer who defended him, how can he sleep at night

  • someone
    August 15, 2014 - 12:12

    don't worry when he gets into jail his 2 years witch is not near enouf with feel like 20 to him he will go true hell and back lol hopefully anyway

  • Townie Man
    August 15, 2014 - 10:33

    This is sick yes we all agree and 2 years may seem liht to many. But everyday we have drunk drivers flying around at high speeds crashing and running away from crashes and they rarely get jail time for 1st offenses. Make the DUI offenses stick like this guy got for first time offenses.

    • Former BAYWOMAN
      August 15, 2014 - 14:13

      I agree with your statement as well.

    • Baygirl
      August 17, 2014 - 18:41

      You're right but I can't find anything comparable to this despicable crime. I don't care if that person wasn't involved in the act, he should be locked up forever. I'm absolutely sick right now just reading this. I would never rest till they were all rung from the rafters! 2 years???? That's an utter disgrace!

  • Former BAYWOMAN
    August 15, 2014 - 09:50

    A robber gets 5 1/2 years and this person only gets 2 years IN JAIL...go figure!

  • Horrific
    August 15, 2014 - 08:41

    I am sick to my stomach.

  • Glenn Stockley
    August 15, 2014 - 05:54

    way too light a sentence for this offence…i don't care how much he co-operated after arrests and feigned remorse….it is well documented that these people are incurable….once agai the crown has lost perspective…but that's the NL Justice?System?…..

    • Ron
      August 15, 2014 - 07:39

      What documentation are you referring to that people who have been convicted of child pornography offences are "incurable"? Can you point to some examples of that documentation? Or are you just making that up?

    • Glenn Stockley
      August 15, 2014 - 09:15

      @ Ron I refer you to chapter 11 of U.S. congressional hearings on the matter for one http://www.ussc.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/news/congressional-testimony-and-reports/sex-offense-topics/201212-federal-child-pornography-offenses/Chapter_11.pdf p.s . i have no interest in continuing a debate in this forum with some one who doesn't state their complete legal name…..

    • Ron
      August 15, 2014 - 10:32

      Sorry Glenn but I don't see why I need to publish my full name in order to share my opinion. I'm not going to give my mailing address or phone number on the telegram site either. So don't respond to me if you don't want to. But I looked at that link, and it is informative but I don't see why you think it supports what you're saying. It doesn't discuss whether or not people are "incurable" but it does discuss recidivism rates for non-production offenses and comes to the conclusion that they are much lower than is usually assumed. Approx 7.5 percent of people sentenced for non-production offenses will re-offend. That's less than one in ten.

    • Yo mama
      August 16, 2014 - 14:34

      Seems Ron is "incurable" as well.