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Sentence for convicted child pornographer reduced due to jail abuse

Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 6:14 pm EST

A man found guilty of making and distributing child pornography had his sentence reduced by six months due to abuse he suffered while in jail.

Brian Way was sentenced to 10 years in jail plus a $20,000 fine for selling what a judge called “disturbing” videos. He was convicted in May 2015 of making, possessing, publishing, distributing, exporting, and importing child pornography.

During a 2011 raid, police seized 8,000 videos and nearly 200,000 images from Way’s Etobicoke video business. Way has been in jail since his arrest in May of 2011. He had asked for a stay of his conviction.

The judge reduced the sentence because of verbal and physical abuse by guards. The abuse happened two years ago at the Metro Toronto West Detention Centre.

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Way was arrested in a massive investigation that led to more than 300 arrests in Canada, the United States, Mexico and other countries.

He was convicted last year on 15 charges related to more than 170 films he sold online through a company called Azov Films.

During Way’s trial, his lawyer argued the movies weren’t sexual but depicted the nudist lifestyle by showing boys engaging in various activities while nude.

Prosecutors argued Way knew he was making child pornography and argued the movies were made for a sexual purpose.