LETHBRIDGE: A 28-year-old city man accused of accessing and possessing child pornography says, he will carry his trial through to the end "To raise awareness about the problems associated with child porn online".
Patrick Bryan Ryckman's comments come after proceedings in Court of Queen's Bench on Tuesday, when the judge ruled that a confession Ryckman made to police would be accepted as evidence.
The accused added he will also maintain his not-guilty plea and will continue representing himself when the trial resumes on May 31st, 2012. That was the next available date for the presiding judge.
In August of 2009, a memory stick containing information on the owner and child porn was found in a U-of-L computer lab. Regional Police had the Univsersity contact the owner and when the suspect arrived he was arrested.
During an interview with police, Ryckman admitted downloading the child pornography but said he had not shared it with anyone. A police forensic analysis found 105 pornographic pictures on the memory stick, as well as 25-movie files and personal information about Ryckman.
Ryckman's trial began November 7th and then adjourned when the the judge ordered a psychological assessment. On Monday and Tuesday, court heard from the U-of-L security services manager who stated he saw the images on the found USB memory stick. There was also a "voir dire", to decide whether information Ryckman gave police was given under duress. The judge ruled the confession Ryckman made to police was given voluntarily and would be accepted as evidence.
The Crown plans to call two more witnesses when the trial resumes on May 31st.