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Kelowna radio personality sentenced for child pornography
A former Kelowna radio personality has been sent to jail for possessing child pornography.
Darren Mitchell Robertson, 47, was sentenced by Judge Brad Chapman on Tuesday to nine months behind bars and a year of probation, more than a year after he pleaded guilty to the offence.
A bid for a conditional sentence order, meaning he could serve his jail sentence in the community, was denied, court records indicate.
Robertson, who also goes by the on-air name Doc Roberts, had been living in Calgary but previously worked in Kelowna. His duties included being the music director for Sun FM and he earned a Music Director of the Year award in 2010 for that role at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards.
He was also nominated in 2011, the year he was charged with the offence.
Media reports from his sentencing indicate Robertson was arrested as part of an international police investigation and that some 240 images and videos of child pornography were found on his computer.
His computer was seized from his Kelowna home in 2008, but he was not charged with the offence, which took place between Dec. 1, 2004 and Oct. 31, 2005, until two years ago, court records indicate.
He pleaded guilty to the offence in July 2012.
After his stint in jail, Robertson will be on probation for a year. As part of his probation, he must attend any assessments, counseling or programs his Calgary probation officer deems necessary, may not access or possess child pornography and must allow his probation officer to check his computer and electronic devices to ensure compliance.
As well, he must provide a sample of his DNA and will be included in the sex offender registry for 10 years.