Steven Robert Brown



By Maria Calabrese, North Bay Nugget – July 29, 2012

NORTH BAY – Sending sexually explicit texts to an underage girl is no different than taking a graphic photo of her to meet Canada’s definition of making child pornography.

Steven Robert Brown, 32, was jailed for almost two years and ordered to register as a sex offender for 20 years for having consensual sex with an 11-year-old girl and making child pornography by exchanging thousands of explicit text messages with her, including some while she was at school, a North Bay court heard.

When you see the number of text messages you wonder if these people had any time to do anything else other than text each other,” said Crown attorney Paul Larsh.

It’s not a typical case of making child pornography with a camera or video, but with words, said Ontario Court Justice Alain Perron.

It’s also an unusual case because the girl was more physically developed than other children her age and initiated the sexual relationship with Brown last year, although he groomed her to make her believe sex between adults and children is OK, court heard.

Their relationship started in May 2011 and continued for almost 10 months until the girl’s mother intercepted one of Brown’s text messages. The mother contacted North Bay Police Service.

Court heard during Brown’s sentencing hearing in June he has three children of his own and was sexually abused as a young teenager.

He referred to the girl in the text messages as his wife.

Brown has remained in custody since his arrest in March. The court gave him credit for pleading guilty to the sex offences which prevented the girl from testifying.

Brown will be on probation for three years after he’s released from jail, giving authorities the opportunity to monitor him for a longer period of time than if he received a penitentiary sentence, court heard.

The judge recommended transferring Brown to the Ontario Correctional Institute in Brampton which offers rehabilitation programs for sex offenders.

He’s also ordered to provide a sample to the national DNA databank to assist police investigations.

Brown is banned for 10 years from public parks, swimming areas and other places people under the age of 16 are expected to be.

He can’t look for work or volunteer in a position of authority to anyone that age, and he’s banned from using a computer to communicate with young people.

He also forfeited the cellphone he used to text the girl and can’t have contact with her.

A second man was sentenced last month to 60 days in jail served on weekends and probation for a year for groping the girl while he lived at Brown’s residence.

Lucas Robins, 26, was added to the sex offender registry for 10 years and also ordered to give a DNA sample.

Ronald Adnum, 29, is charged with sexually touching the same girl. His next court date is Aug. 14.

A publication ban protects the girl’s identity.

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