Robert Muhonen – Repeat Sex Offender – Back to Prison

A Sault Ste. Marie man, who has already done prison time for sex offences involving girls, is headed back to the federal penitentiary for a similar offence.

Robert Muhonen was sentenced Thursday to a total of 29 months incarceration for making child pornography, touching a young person for a sexual purpose while in a position of trust and breach of probation.

“Only a denunciatory sentence is appropriate,” Ontario Court Justice Kristine Bignell said after reviewing Muhonen’s lengthy criminal record, which includes convictions in 1993 for two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.

She described the photographs Muhonen took of a teenaged babysitter as graphic and the acts intrusive.

The prison term is in addition to the time Muhonen has already spent in custody — the equivalent of nearly 18 months with the two-for-one credit he received.

Bignell ordered the 37- year-old man to provide a DNA sample for the national database and to register as a sex offender for 20 years. Muhonen also is prohibited from going to public parks and swimming areas, where persons under the age of 16 are present or can be expected to be present, or day care centres, school grounds and playgrounds for 10 years.

As well, he can’t be employed or volunteer in a capacity that involves being in a position of trust towards anyone under 16 for the same time period.

Muhonen pleaded guilty to the offences earlier this month.

Bignell heard Muhonen took photographs of the 15- year-old girl performing oral sex on him.

During their investigation, officers with the Ontario Provincial Police discovered 29 photos of a sexual nature which had been deleted from the digital camera’s memory card.

Nine photos of the girl were classified as child pornography.

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