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The boy, who reportedly suffered from social anxiety disorder and had shown signs of being suicidal, insisted during interviews with the police that the sex with Beckham was consensual.

Consequently, the only crime Beckham could be prosecuted for in Canada was a relatively minor offense of possession of child pornography.

This case raised concerns that child molesters, not just in Canada but also from abroad, were taking advantage of Canada's low age of consent to sexually exploit vulnerable children while escaping criminal prosecution.

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Hillary Cook, spokeswoman for gay rights group Egale Canada believes the bill is "an attempt to score partisan points".

In March 2009 a lawsuit was brought against the Attorney General of Canada alleging the Age of Sexual Consent increase was a direct violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms within the Constitution of Canada.

After being notified of his arrest in Canada, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents searched Beckham's home in Woodlands, Texas where they discovered a massive quantity of child pornography on his computer, with some depicting children less than 12 years old engaged in sexual acts with adults.

After returning to the United States, Beckham was immediately arrested and held without bond.

In November 2005, Beckham pleaded guilty and was sentenced to the time already served.

He was then ordered deported back to the United States.

The Canadian AIDS Society has stated that "increasing the age of consent could result in young people being more secretive about their sexual practices and not seeking out the information they need.

This will place youth at an increased risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections." They referenced a Globe and Mail article who highlighted the opinions of Martha Mackinnon (Justice for Children and Youth, executive director) who had expressed concern this would decrease the pursuit of condoms.

In July 2007, Beckham pleaded guilty to a federal charge of transporting child pornography to Canada, although his lawyer argued (unsuccessfully) that Beckham's behaviour was the result of diminished capacity.

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