Author acquitted of juvenile porn: “I cried for two hours” – Yvan Godbout

Author acquitted of juvenile porn:

The author Yvan Godbout, acquitted last Thursday of the charges of production and distribution of child pornography which weighed very heavily on him, told in an interview in Quebec Matin, Monday, how this legal saga had affected him, to the point where he had even thought of taking his own life.

Accustomed to the horror in his books, the author himself was plunged into a waking nightmare that lasted for 18 months, which he finally came out of last Thursday.

“The kind of stress that had been stored for two years really came out. I cried for two hours with my dog lying on top of me. Because I was alone when I heard the news. It was like too much for me, we had been hoping for so long. When it happened, I had the impression that my heart had a hard time managing, ”says Yvan Godbout.

The charges against him were filed in February 2019 by a citizen for his book, Hansel and Gretel. The 250-page horror fiction contains child pornography passages, and tells the ordeal of a brother and a sister.

It was in March 2019 that the police arrived at his home to proceed with his arrest. It was from then on that people started to regard him as a pedophile.

“I never accepted it”

“I still can't believe that I can be compared to my character. It's funny, I am compared to a pedophile character, but I have never been compared to one of my characters, murderer, psychopath, rapist, cannibal! I never accepted it. I can't believe that in 2020 people are making connections between an author and his characters, it's completely absurd! ”He denounces.

The two years during which he had to go through the legal process were so difficult that he considered ending his life.

“If I hadn't had my relatives with me to hold me back, I don't think I would have received this news on Thursday to hear [my acquittal]. I was not able to live with the fact that I was accused of such a filthy affair, but most of all I was not able to have my relatives have to wear this. I told myself that if I was not there, the case could perhaps fall, ”he explains.

Looking back, he now realizes that this way of thinking was completely wrong.

Passion gone

Yvan Godbout lost his passion for writing for almost two years, but wants to find it again, a course that promises to be difficult.

“Lately, I've been trying to get back to writing, it's not going so badly, I have barriers to break down, I have a job to do to be able to reintroduce this passion into my life. I felt like it had been taken from me. It’s sure that I’ll have this nightmare in mind every time I write, it will never stop, ”he believes.

Although he has lost friends, he has won the support of his readers, but also of many authors, and says he is deeply touched.

“I started to feel a little better from the moment I realized that there were thousands of readers supporting me, and the authors spoke up: Patrick Sénécal, Pierre-Yves Villeneuve, Karine Paquin, Sylvie Payette, MP Stéphane Bergeron and several others. I want to thank them, because it is thanks to them that I am here today, ”he concludes.

Law too broad

When the verdict was delivered, Judge Marc-André Blanchard, after analyzing the law, concluded that certain articles of the Criminal Code were too broad, he therefore invalidated some of the provisions.

“Many people and public institutions, such as university, municipal or school libraries as well as bookstores, potentially find themselves in a position to be the subject of charges […] since they own, lend or sell such works ”, commented Judge Marc-André Blanchard in a decision rendered at the Sorel-Tracy courthouse.

Note that the invalidation of these articles does not give pedophiles carte blanche, but that it avoids the laying of charges in very specific cases such as that of Mr. Godbout.

Mr. Godbout was represented by Messrs Jean-Philippe Marcoux and Jean-Sébastien St-Amand Grinois, while his publishing house ADA, also acquitted, was defended by Me Charles Montpetit. Me Geneviève Beaudin acted for the Crown, while Me Michel Déom and Anne-Sophie Bordeleau-Roy represented the Attorney General of Quebec.

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