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Post by karma on Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:29 am

Oshawa man jailed for sex abuse of daughter, stepdaughter
February 22, 2011

OSHAWA -- An Oshawa man will serve another three years in prison for sexually touching his daughter and stepdaughter, and making pornographic images of assaults.

The man, now 30, has been in custody since Durham police arrested him in late February of 2010, Ontario Court Justice Donald Halikowski heard during a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Oshawa. The man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual interference and one count of making child pornography late last year.

The judge sentenced the man to a total of four years, giving him credit for the year he's spent in custody since his arrest.

The man's name is being withheld as a court order prohibits publication of information that might identify the young victims. Court heard the girls, the man's daughter and stepdaughter, were five and 10 when they were subjected to the abuse.

Police investigating the case found pornographic images made during the abuse, court heard.

"The accused harmed two victims that were entrusted to him in every sense of the word," Justice Halikowski said.

In addition to jail time, the man will be listed on the national sex offender registry for 10 years and is ordered to provide a DNA sample. After his jail term, he'll be prohibited for 10 years from attending parks and other places where children congregate.

Prosecutor Andrew Midwood had called for a sentence of six years, highlighting what he said were egregious attacks on young, vulnerable victims.

"There's no room in our community of Durham ... for someone who would prey on his own children," Mr. Midwood said.

Defence lawyer Lavinia Inbar called for a four-year sentence.

The man, who throughout the hearing held his head in his hands and dug his knuckles into his eyes, declined an opportunity to address the court.

http://newsdurhamregion.com/news/crime/article/172160
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Post by karma on Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:57 am

Stepfather jailed for making pornography of daughter
Judge says dad was in a position of trust
February 23, 2011

An Okotoks man has been sent to prison for seven years for sexually assaulting and making child pornography of his stepdaughter for more than a year.

Provincial court Judge George Gaschler said in sentencing the 50-year-old man that he was in a position of trust or authority to the girl, who was 14 at the time the assaults began in November 2007 and 15 when they ended with his arrest in February 2009.

"The events increased in frequency, occurring on almost all occasions when the victim's mother was away from the home," the judge said in a written decision.

"Approximately 10 months after the sexual assaults began the accused introduced photography and video recording."

The judge said 152 unique photographs and seven digital movies, the longest being three minutes and 36 seconds, were found on his camera and computer.

"The photographs and movies show the victim fully nude in poses to show all parts of her body," said the judge.

"The recordings demonstrate the unwillingness of the victim. The movies show efforts by the victim to cover her face. The victim is heard to protest in a pleading and helpless voice. The voice of the accused is heard directing and coaxing the victim."

He said the girl's victim impact statement speak convincingly to the events having caused significant trauma and lasting psychological effects.

The judge also noted the man, who pleaded guilty to both charges, is remorseful. He also said the photos and videos were not distributed to anyone else.

However, the judge said a presentence report for sentencing shows the man's lack of insight, as he contends the victim initiated the sexual advances, and it is simply a justification for his conduct.

"The victim was a teenager, the accused was over 50 years of age," said Gaschler. "No lawful excuse or mitigative weight can arise from behaviours such as these on the part of a teenager even if proven.

"Such behaviours on the part of a victim as alleged require correction and redirection from an adult to whom such behaviours are exhibited. Any suggestion that such behaviours initiated a bargain whereby responsibility for what has arisen here is shared is entirely rejected. Such a bargain is unconscionable and exploitative."

The man was given six years for the sexual assaults and one year consecutive for making child porn.

He also must be registered as a sex offender for 20 years and not attend any public park, swimming pool or other area where children under 16 might be present.

As well, he cannot use a computer to communicate with anyone under the age of 16.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Stepfather+jailed+making+pornography+daughter/4335792/story.html
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Post by karma on Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:36 am

Judge rules against dangerous offender label for Guelph sex offender
February 25, 2011


Convicted child molester Thomas McDermott, 35, is removed Friday
from Guelph's Superior Court to begin serving a four-year prison sentence.


GUELPH — A Superior Court judge has designated a city man with multiple sexual convictions as a long-term offender.

Justice Cas Herold sentenced 35-year-old Thomas McDermott Friday to an additional four years in prison, followed by 10 years of community supervision. McDermott has already spent about 34 months in custody.

“I think the right thing to do was to impose the long-term offender (designation),” said McDermott’s lawyer James Ruddock outside the courtroom. “The additional time … I’d hoped it would be less. I think the judge had a difficult decision to make today.”

The Crown began pursuing a dangerous offender designation against McDermott in 2009 to see him incarcerated indefinitely. The dangerous offender hearing started Feb. 14 and lasted two weeks.

McDermott was convicted in May 2009 of possession of 2,969 images of child pornography, sexual assault of a young boy and two counts of printing, making and publishing child pornography.

In March 2000, he was convicted of sexual interference after he stalked a then 11-year-old girl and her friend at a local shopping mall, making sexually explicit comments before grabbing the girl’s buttocks. McDermott was also convicted in 2004 of harassing his then 17-year-old girlfriend.

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Post by karma on Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:42 am

Infant girl dies on remote Ont. First Nation
February 24, 2011

WEBEQUIE, Ont. - An investigation continues into the death Tuesday of an infant girl on the remote Webequie First Nation.

Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service and provincial police are assisting the coroner's office in the investigation into the death of six-month-old Kailynn Shewaybick.

Details of a post-mortem conducted in Winnipeg on Wednesday were not immediately available.

Webequie has an on-reserve population of about 600 people and is located about 540 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont.

Access to the community is by air or a seasonal winter road.

Webequie Chief Cornelius Wabasse says the community is mourning the baby's death.

"We're a very close-knit community, and if anything happens we all stick together. We're all there to support each other," Wabasse said.

He said he had few details about the girl's death, noting that he has been in Thunder Bay the past two weeks helping search for a missing 15-year-old Webequie boy/

"(Shewaybick's death) is an added issue in our community, already in crisis," he said.

"I know the parents. The ones who lost the baby, it's their first-born."

http://www.globalregina.com/Infant+girl+dies+remote+First+Nation/4339737/story.html

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OPP investigating toddler’s death in Webequie
March 03, 2011

The results of a post-mortem into the death of a Webequie toddler will take some time.

Kailynn Shewaybick, six months, died Feb. 22.

The Ontario Provincial Police Northwest Crime Unit and Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service are looking into the circumstances of her death.

A post-mortem was conducted Feb. 23 but police said the results won’t be available until later.

http://www.wawataynews.ca/archive/all/2011/3/3/opp-investigating-toddler-s-death-webequie_21156


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Post by karma on Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:23 pm

Saanich man convicted of attempting to lure girl via Internet
February 25, 2011

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"It was all just part of a joke," he told the court.

Colley expressly denied the conversation aroused him sexually. During cross-examination, he denied knowing J.W.'s parents would not want her to have the conversation, saying he could not speak for her parents.

In his judgment, Macaulay said he found Colley's responses evasive, non-responsive and rambling. Colley's evidence on the central points at issue was not even remotely believable, the justice found.

"I find it inconceivable that an adult would tease an unknown child about sexual matters and discuss his own sexual desires just as a joke," said Macaulay. "Instead, the introduction of sexual topics, the seeking of information about J.W.'s sexual experience and her curiosity, inquiring whether her parents monitored her computer and the escalating attempts to get the complainant to commit to sexual activity, involve joking as a means to an end, not as an end in itself. I find the accused's ultimate goal was his own sexual gratification."

. . . . . Colley will be sentenced April 4. He was released on $5,000 bail on condition that he does not have any contact with two girls involved in the attempted luring or their families.

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Post by karma on Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:53 am

Baby assault sentencing delayed
September 27, 2010

The sentencing of a P.E.I. man convicted of assaulting his baby has been delayed until next March to ensure there is supervision for the baby.

The 21-year-old North Milton man pleaded guilty earlier this year to assaulting his son in January. The boy was five months old at the time.

The court was told on Monday that since his guilty plea, the man has been taking courses and counselling, and the baby was returned to his care two months ago. He has no previous record.

The baby's mother is not in the picture.

P.E.I. Supreme Court Justice Wayne Cheverie agreed to delay the man's sentencing for several months in order to give the man's mother — who will take care of the baby when the man goes to jail — a chance to recuperate from health problems.

Cheverie said the "unique circumstances" surrounding the case factored into his decision.

He said sending the man to jail immediately would "impose a sentence on this baby," and leave the baby without proper care.

"At the heart of this is a little boy," Cheverie said.

The baby boy, born in August 2009, was rushed to the hospital in January after he had trouble breathing. Doctors found the baby had three broken ribs.

The baby's father told police he was exhausted and frustrated that night because the baby would not stop crying.

When the baby wouldn't take his bottle, the man said he hit him twice on the cheek with the bottle. When the baby continued to cry, the man picked up his son and squeezed him.

The baby was treated at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax and has since recovered from his injuries.

Crown attorney Cheryl Schurman argued the man should go to jail for 15 to 18 months so the courts can show their abhorrence for his actions.

The man will be sentenced on March 1, 2011.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2010/09/27/pei-sentencing-delayed-baby-assault-584.html

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Baby assault brings year in jail
March 1, 2011

A 21-year-old P.E.I. man was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail for assaulting his five-month-old son.

The sentencing had been delayed for months, because there was no one but the father to care for the baby. The mother is not in the baby's life, and the father's mother had health problems. So for the past seven months the baby has been back in the care of the man who assaulted him.


Justice Wayne Cheverie agreed in September
to delay sentencing for the assault on the baby. (CBC)


The father pleaded guilty last year. In September, Supreme Court Justice Wayne Cheverie agreed to delay sentencing to give the child's grandmother a chance to recover to the point where she could care for him.

With the child's grandmother now available to take charge of him, sentencing went ahead Tuesday.

Immature and inexperienced

The man testified that the night of the assault in Jan. 2009 he was overtired and frustrated, and when the baby would not take his bottle, he struck him with it twice on the cheek. When the baby kept crying he picked him up and squeezed him, fracturing three of his ribs.

In sentencing, Justice Wayne Cheverie cited three factors in the man's favour: he had pleaded guilty, the baby sustained no lasting injuries, and the father was immature and inexperienced.

The father has also taken courses and counselling.

His lawyer, Brenda Pickard, argued for less jail time.

"[He] takes full responsibility for what he did and he knows what he did was wrong, and so he was aware of the likely consequences today," said Pickard.

"He is concerned about the effect that his being away from his son now, after the last seven months or so, having primary care of him, is going to have on the child. But he recognizes that there are consequences to his actions."

Justice Cheverie said he had to sentence the man to jail, because despite reasons and excuses, an innocent child was injured, and that is a crime.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2011/03/01/pei-baby-assault-custody-584.html
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Post by karma on Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:14 am

Evil from within
Surviving the predator masquerading as loving stepfather

March 1, 2011


A woman who was sexually abused as a child by her then stepfather
talks to the SUN about her ordeal and how the offender is finally behind bars.
— STUART DRYDEN/CALGARY SUN


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She said the “daily fear” became absolute dread every time the pervert took her out in his vintage car.

“He used to take me for drives to Kananaskis and as soon as we would leave the city, I knew,” she said.

She also knew she couldn’t tell anyone or escape because the step-dad used “mind control” more than anything.

“Mom would be dead in a ditch somewhere — he never said directly he was going to harm them — there were these indirect threats,” said Anna, who also has a brother.

While her mom worked two jobs, her tormentor lost his welding job, suddenly unemployed with more time to abuse Anna.

She was trapped.

He prevented her from keeping close friends and even snapping the neck of a pet chinchilla competing for his attention. Anna said it was all she could do most days to wait anxiously for her mother’s return.

“I used to wait by the window for hours and just pray to see her walking home,” she said.

“It would be the few hours ... and he couldn’t touch me until after mom was gone.”

One day, nearly two years after the abuse began, then-14-year-old Anna’s mom came home to find the two naked in bed — a sickening discovery which shattered her world and set her daughter free. She was beaten when she confronted her partner but immediately called police.


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Post by karma on Wed Mar 02, 2011 6:41 am

Mother convicted for child porn involving infant daughter
March 1, 2011

A Tyendinaga Township woman is facing a two year sentence for sending pornographic images of her daughter to the toddler's father.

Tuesday, the woman appeared before Justice Stephen Hunter, who, just last month, sentenced the child's 24-year-old father to six years in prison for the possession of child pornography.

During a brief appearance, the sobbing woman — who cannot be named to protect the identity of the infant — pleaded guilty to sexual interference and producing child pornography. Her prison sentence will also be followed by a probationary period.

"There is joint submission on the matter for a two year federal term," Hunter said.

Crown attorney Lee Burgess agreed to delay the woman's sentencing until April 6 so the accused could visit her ailing aunt who is expected to undergo critical heart surgery.

During the reading of an agreed statement of facts by Crown attorney Lee Burgess, the court heard that the investigation was launched after the child's father, a local pizza shop employee, lost his cellphone which contained sexually explicit pictures of his daughter sent to him by his 29-year-old girlfriend, the mother of the child.

When the phone was found, it was turned over to police.

During the investigation launched last August, police found four pornographic photos of the child, now 16-months-old.

One of the photos sent by the mother was being used as the screen saver on the 24-year-old Thurlow man's phone when it was found, Burgess said.

He said since the woman's arrest and charge in October investigators have recovered additional photos of a similar nature.

Belleville police went on to seize an extensive collection of 38,000 photographs and 7,400 movies from the home computer of the father during the operation.

Some of the images found were those of the child, who was taken into the care of the CAS.

Hunter sentenced the father to six years in prison, minus time served. He was also slapped with a lifetime ban from entering parks, playgrounds or working and volunteering anywhere a child under 16 might be present.

The man's name, as with the woman convicted Tuesday, is under a publication ban to protect the identity of the child.

http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3000429
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Post by karma on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:52 pm

Infanticide law upheld by Ontario's top court
Ruling upholds conviction on lesser sentence for woman who killed 2 babies

March 2, 2011

Judges and juries weighing murder charges against a mother accused of killing her infant will still be allowed to apply the lesser charge of infanticide, Ontario’s top court has ruled.

The Ontario Court of Appeal denied an appeal by the Crown in the case of a Guelph, Ont., woman convicted of infanticide after smothering two of her children.

The case marks the first time a Canadian appellate court has examined infanticide provisions in the Criminal Code in detail.

The woman, who can only be identified as L.B., strangled an infant son in 1998, when she was 17. Another infant son died in a similar fashion in 2002.

In both cases, L.B. was originally charged with first-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence. But she was convicted of infanticide, which is defined as a woman wilfully killing her newly born child when her mind is disturbed as a result of childbirth. A conviction carries a five-year sentence.

The Crown appealed the Superior Court’s decision, arguing the judge erred in allowing L.B. to be convicted of the lesser charge. It had argued that infanticide should only be used as a separate charge and not as a defence against the higher charge of first-degree murder.

The three-judge panel interpreted the Criminal Code to say infanticide can be both an offence a woman can be charged with and a partial defence a woman can use against a murder charge.

Wednesday’s decision means Canada’s infanticide provisions of the Criminal Code, which are more than 60 years old, will remain, pending any appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Sexual abuse at Richmond foster home raises concerns
B.C.'s independent children's representative not informed about case

March 3, 2011

The B.C. NDP is demanding to know how a former male prostitute became an overnight careworker in a Richmond foster home and then ended up sexually abusing a disabled teen, without the government stepping in.

In October Kevin Fanning, 51, pleaded guilty to the 2009 sexual assault of the disabled teen in his care and eventually served a 60-day sentence for the crime.

The court heard how Fanning smoked marijuana and watched pornographic films, sometimes naked, while alone with the 17-year-old ward of the court. At one point they engaged in a sex act.

But NDP children and families critic Maureen Karagianis says documents reveal officials with the ministry knew there were problems with the home.

"Ministry staff knew there were some concerns and still no criminal check was done," she said.

The foster parent who hired Fanning didn't even live at the foster home, but ran it as a business, showing up at 8 a.m. morning and departing at 5 p.m., leaving the disabled teen in Fanning's care overnight.

Concerns about other victims

Karagianis calls it a true-life horror story that went on for at least a year, and she's concerned more children could have been abused by Fanning.

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Teen's rapist sentenced to 7 years
March 4, 2011

A Winnipeg man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for raping a 16-year-old outside a downtown hotel.

Francois Bighetty, 42, pleaded guilty to the random September 2008 attack which he claims was fuelled by alcohol.

He admits targeting the teen outside the St. Regis Hotel. He dragged the girl to a nearby parking lot and forced himself on her as she screamed for help. Crown attorney Wendy Friesen told court today that Bighetty continued the attack even when a passerby tried to intervene by asking what he was doing.

"What does it look like? I'm raping her," Bighetty told the man before fleeing the scene. Police arrested him hours later after he began following another woman who flagged down officers for help.

Bighetty was severely intoxicated at the time of the attack after consuming at least eight large cans of beer and a bottle of vodka. He has spent 29 months in pre-trial custody which was given just single-time credit by the judge. He has another 55 months left to serve.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Teen-rapist-sentenced-to-7-years-117426508.html
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Post by karma on Sat Mar 05, 2011 3:08 am

Gov't evading mandated oversight on child-injury cases: Turpel-Lafond
March 4, 2011


Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond
Photograph by: Debra Brash -VICTORIA Times Colonist Files, The Province


The B.C. government is dodging mandated oversight on "critical-injury," child-in-care cases and seems more interested in managing negative publicity from tragic cases than improving system safety, B.C.'s representative for children and youth charges.

Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said "there is a deep concern that entire categories of critical injuries that ministry staff know about" are not being turned over to her office, as is required in the Representative for Children and Youth Act.

Turpel-Lafond raised the issue after reading The Province's report on documents obtained in the case of Kevin Fanning, who pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a mentally challenged boy in a Richmond foster home in 2009. In court it was revealed the boy suffered depression and suicidal thoughts from ongoing abuse.

Background checks were not completed on Fanning, and documents show government workers signing off on questionable safety arrangements.

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New controversial anti-child abuse campaign to adorn city buses

March 3, 2011

CALGARY – A controversial national ad campaign is now on display in Calgary.

Some city buses will now be splashed with the message “Child Porn is not porn ... it’s a crime scene.”

Canada Family Action is behind the awareness campaign. The advocacy group is pressuring Ottawa to pass Bill C54 with tougher laws against internet sex predators.

“Our goal is to increase pressure on all national parties to immediately pass Bill C54, the Protecting Children from Sexual Predators Act, so it becomes law before a federal election,” says Brian Rushfeldt, CFA president.

The national advertising campaign is running on buses, large digital and traditional billboards and digital office networks in several cities.

Since CFA launched its Child Safe Nation campaign in mid-2009, thousands of Canadians have contacted their MPs, distributed camping brochures and signed petitions demanding the new legislation.

On Thursday, Parliament passed Bill C22, requiring internet providers to tell police about ‘flags’ when they discover concerning child pornography websites.

Failure to do so could result in fines to the internet companies.

http://www.globaltvedmonton.com/controversial+anti+child+abuse+campaign+adorn+city+buses/4379915/story.html
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Child neglect case draws N.B. judge's ire
March 4, 2011


Saint John police repeatedly had to pick up a
small child often found wandering the streets


A New Brunswick judge is asking the Department of Social Development to explain its actions after a small child was found on the streets, multiple times by different neighbours.

Judge William McCarroll said he'd like to know how social workers could have let a small child find his way onto the streets of Saint John several times.

The judge's comments came on Thursday when the mother pleaded guilty to child abandonment.

Patrick Wilbur, a Crown prosecutor, said the police called social services every single time they found the child outside his home.

The police were so frustrated, criminal charges were laid.

"It's an unusual charge. It's only because police were concerned that they had to be called repeatedly in almost identical circumstances, it was because they had concerns," Wilbur said.

Police reports say most of the incidents happened when the child was just three years old.

Several times, he was found wandering the streets in nothing but a soiled diaper.

He was often discovered by female citizens who took him in, gave him food, cleaned him up and, not seeing any sign of a parent, finally called the Saint John Police.

In February 2010, he was spotted crawling out a window early in the morning on a busy city street.

The temperature was below zero degrees, there was snow on the ground.

Police say the mother never even knew he was missing.

McCarroll said he was shocked to learn that sometimes the child had wandered as much as one kilometre away from home, in nothing but a diaper and astonished that he came to no harm.

The judge ordered a presentence report to better understand the mother's situation.

He said he also looks forward to hearing from the Department of Social Development.

In a statement late Friday, the department said it will comply.

The final straw

The final straw for the police, came last August, when a woman walking her dog found him outside at 6:15 a.m.

Responding officers recognized him and when they went to the mother's home, which as they knew from previous experience, she seemed unaware he was gone.

Currently, the child remains with his mother, as she awaits that sentencing hearing on April 18.

Her duty counsel said she's been better supervised, and the child has not escaped since the charges were laid.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2011/03/04/ns-child-wandering-case.html

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Unsupervised toddler: 'This case screams out for attention'
Abuse: Ombudsman says incidents should set off alarm bells

March 5, 2011


John Ryan Turner, a three-year-old from Miramichi who died of starvation in 1994.

The Department of Social Development has declined to say whether's it's conducting an investigation into why a toddler was found alone several times last year, wandering the streets of east Saint John wearing nothing but a soiled diaper.

"Social Development does not speak to specifics of any cases due to privacy issues. As this matter is before the courts, and there is a direct request from a judge for specific information, we will refrain from commenting at this time," said department spokesman Mark Barbour on Friday.

On Thursday, a 30-year-old Saint John woman pleaded guilty to a charge of child abandonment. She will be sentenced at a later date for the offence, which carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in jail.


snipped . . . . .Bernard Richard, the provincial child and youth advocate and ombudsman, said he'd first learned of the disturbing story of the toddler in the Telegraph-Journal on Friday morning. He said the facts of the case as presented in the newspaper are "very surprising and should be a cause for a great deal of concern.

"I don't want to second-guess the social workers who do this very difficult job, but certainly on the face of it, there should have been alarms ringing, warning signs flashing and some kind of intervention should have taken place," he said. "Whether it did or not, we don't even know that."

There are protocols in place within the Department of Social Development to prevent such cases from happening, Richard said. A case like this one would have required a file to be opened with Child Protection Services, a supervisory order for the mom with conditions, as well as frequent and unannounced visits to the home, he said.

It's unknown if any of these steps were taken.

Whenever such cases occur, Richard said, "it's a time to regroup and think about what's happening and how we can make it better."

Provincial Court Judge William McCarroll told the court on Thursday that he wants someone from the Department of Social Development to explain why the toddler was found five times alone wandering the streets.

Richard said the judge's request was an "unusual" one.

"I'd be very embarrassed if I were a regional director of social development reading this article finding out I may be subpoenaed to appear in court or I'm being requested to appear in court to answer questions before a provincial court judge," he said. "It's a very unusual request, but I don't blame the judge at all. This case screams out for attention."

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Post by karma on Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:17 am

Dead Sunchild teen identified as Grade 9 student
March 8, 2010

The teenage girl found dead on the Sunchild First Nation Reserve was a local Grade 9 student.

Sunchild School confirmed that the girl attended there but school officials had no further comment.

A homicide investigation is underway after autopsy results concluded the teenage girl found dead on the weekend was killed.

The incident was first reported on Saturday afternoon and the autopsy was performed in Calgary on Monday.

Police have not released any further details or the identity of the deceased.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit and RCMP Forensic Identification section are assisting the Rocky Mountain House detachment with this investigation.

http://www.albertalocalnews.com/reddeeradvocate/news/local/Dead_Sunchild_teen_identified_as_Grade_9_student_117613608.html

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Teen's reserve death 'tore' foster family apart
March 18, 2011

Despite a brutal killing on the Sunchild First Nation near Rocky Mountain House, Alta., RCMP say they're not concerned about public safety.

A 15-year-old girl's body was found in a ditch on March 4 by a school bus driver travelling down a remote gravel road.

The girl cannot be named because she was living in foster care on the reserve at the time of the killing.

Residents say at some point during a party the night before, the teen was raped, beaten to death and left half-naked by the side of the road.

The girl's guardian, whose name must also be withheld because of the Alberta Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act's foster care provisions, said he heard there was drug use at the party, and he knew alcohol was involved.

"You should have met her. She was just like a little bright light," he said.

"She was a great kid. Amazing kid. But the way she went, she just didn't deserve it. It just tore this family apart."

A hard life

He was her foster parent, but he called her his granddaughter.

He said she had a hard life from the beginning.

"She had her legs and her arms broken. I don't know if they proved anything about who it was, but I know who it was," he said. "And then her mother hung herself and I don't know, to me it was nothing was right. It just was all wrong."

He said after the girl's mother died, she came to live with him.

But he said soon after she was moved to another foster home, where she was sexually abused at age three.

From there, he said, she drifted between a number of youth shelters and foster homes, including his.

He said he remembers a young girl that was full of love.

"She would wake up in the morning [and say], 'Good morning. I love you.' Of course … [I] had to [say] 'love you' and 'good morning,' and that's what she was looking for. Just somebody to say, 'Hi, I love you.' And that's it, you know."

But he said she wasn't content to stay in one place.

He said the girl traveled to Manitoba, hanging out with aboriginal gangs there before returning to Alberta, staying on a Hobbema reserve and in Red Deer before returning to his home.

"That day [March 3] I wanted to take her into town and have supper and come back. But, you know, it never happened."

No charges laid

One area woman, sister to the girl's guardian, knew the teen well. She said drugs and alcohol are a huge problem for young people on the reserve.

"The little kids are lost and forgotten, pushed aside.... When is it going to end?"

She said she heard that someone connected to the killing might have committed suicide.

RCMP Sgt. Chris Matechuk said investigators are aware of a second death, but he can't say if they are connected.

"I can say … that we are not concerned that there is a killer out there on the loose," said Matechuk.

He said drugs and gangs are an increasing problem on the Sunchild reserve.

No charges have been laid in the case.

Sunchild First Nation, which has an on-reserve population of 749, is located northwest of Rocky Mountain House, which is about 75 kilometres west of Red Deer

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/03/17/calgary-sunchild-first-nation-teenage-girl-homicide.html


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Nunavut's child system seriously flawed: audit
March 8, 2011

Children in Nunavut are not adequately protected by the territory's child and family services system, which does not even conduct criminal record checks on potential foster homes, according to federal Auditor General Sheila Fraser.

In a shocking audit of Nunavut's children, youth and family programs and services, Fraser said the territory's Health and Social Services Department fails to prevent children from being placed in unsafe environments.

Assistant auditor general Ronald Campbell, who presented Fraser's report to Nunavut MLAs on Tuesday, said the department often places children in foster homes without conducting criminal record checks on adults living in prospective foster homes, or even verifying that the needs of the children can be met in those homes.

"In cases where children were being placed with extended family, that only happened in one-quarter of the cases that we looked at, where the criminal check and the home study had been done," Campbell told CBC News in Iqaluit.

"In cases where they're going to non-family members, we found that that was only done in eight out of 25 cases."

Campbell said criminal record checks have also not been conducted in many adoption procedures.

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Crown pushes to have predator declared dangerous offender
March 11, 2011

BARRIE - A sadistic pedophile who attempted to kidnap, torture and rape a child should never be out in the community again, a Crown attorney insisted yesterday in an impassioned plea to a judge.

“The risk is that a child will be terribly injured or murdered,” said Crown Marcy Henschel at the sentencing and dangerous offender hearing of Matthew Byers, 35, of Newmarket. He was convicted in 2007 of attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and breaking into the home of a young girl in Newmarket — his horrifying plan was foiled when he was caught by the child’s mother in the middle of the night in April 2005.

That night, Byers had left the cellar door of a nearby warehouse propped open. In his diaries entitled “Torture Before/During the Murder,” he wrote how he planned to take her to the warehouse, torture, sodomize and rape her, “as often as I like...then into the black hole she goes.”

After his plan was botched, he wrote: “I almost had her...this is the third attempt now. I think I will need to put sleeping pills in (the mother’s drink).”

The Crown wants Byers put away indefinitely as a dangerous offender, insisting all children are in grave danger if he is ever out on the streets. “We can’t take that risk,” said Henschel, asserting that both sadism and pedophilia are chronic, lifelong conditions for which there is no known cured.

A psychiatrist for the defence, Dr. Brad Booth from the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, insisted Byers could be managed in the community with treatment.

Booth sited seven serial sexual killers now out in the community being successfully managed, but the Crown scoffed at his claim.

“He hasn’t treated them — he heard about them at a conference...he doesn’t even know their names,” Henschel said. “He has no experience.”

The “dangerous offender” designation is reserved for Canada’s most violent criminals and sexual predators. It carries an immediate sentence of imprisonment for an indeterminate period, with no chance of parole for seven years.

Of the 441 active dangerous offenders in Canada, most remain in prison, one escaped, one was deported and 18 are being supervised in the community.

Studies show that the majority of dangerous offenders victimize children.

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/11/17587351.html

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April 21, 2011



BARRIE — A convicted pedophile sex-sadist begged for mercy Wednesday and apologized to the mother whose child he tried to kidnap and torture.
Matthew Byers, 35, of Newmarket, made the impassioned plea at the end of his sentencing and dangerous offender hearing.

He was convicted in 2007 of attempted murder, attempted kidnapping and breaking and entering the home of a young girl in Newmarket in 2005.

“I am disgusted and ashamed of myself ... I’m sorry,” said Byers as he stood in the prisoner’s box.

Then to the judge, he said, “I will do whatever it takes — anything — to be reunited with my family again.”

Court heard how the girl’s mother got up in the middle of the night to find him lurking in the darkness outside her daughter’s bedroom.
One week after his plan was foiled, Byers tried to kidnap another child, but police caught him hiding in the bushes behind a Newmarket school with wire,
duct tape and a car backed into the woods.

Later police located his diaries entitled “Torture Before/During the Murder” that described how he would take a girl to a warehouse basement and sexually
assault her.

“I really want to take my time ... but I would have to kill her ... then into the hole she goes.”

Crown attorney Marcy Henschel and Nadine Courville argued Byers intended a crime of “stark horror” and want him put away for good as a dangerous
offender — a sentence even stiffer than a life sentence as parole is rarely granted.

But lawyer Daniel Brodsky wants his client to be released into the community and supervised for 10 years under long-term-offender provisions. Brodsky
charged that “shocking” budget restraints in federal pens allow mere high school grads and clerical staff to run sex offender treatment programs which is “ridiculous”, he said.
Byers has agreed to voluntarily take sex-drive reducing injections while out in the community — a proposal that was scoffed at by the Crown.
Justice Guy DiTomaso said it is a “unique case” and will announce his ruling at a later date.
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Mother battled to preserve dignity of slain daughter

Even for a roomful of professionals accustomed to hearing heart-rending stories from victims of crime, it was an emotional hour.

Donna French, mother of murdered teenager Kristen French, held her audience in rapt silence yesterday at a symposium held by Correctional Service Canada dedicated to victim-related issues.

In a calm, clear voice that wavered only when she talked of Kristen's childhood and once-promising future, French detailed the years of emotional torture she and her family endured that started with Kristen's disappearance and culminated with the trail of Paul Bernardo.

She told of her unending battle to preserve the dignity and honour of her daughter against an onslaught by the media and cruel plotting by Bernardo's lawyers.

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Teen escapes abduction attempt
March 11, 2011

Police have a 21-year-old man in custody following an attempted abduction last Saturday evening.

Steven Anthony Michael Willson was arrested by North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP after being picked out of a photo lineup. He was identified by the 17-year-old girl he accosted, who was able to provide a good description to police. Willson, said RCMP spokesperson Const. Markus Lueder, is well-known to police. He is being held until a court date early next week.

Shorly after 8 p.m. on March 5, a male approached the 17-year-old while she was waiting at a bus stop on Gibbins Road near the Cowichan District Hospital, demanding that she get into his car. When she refused, the suspect got out of the vehicle and tried to catch her. She dropped her purse and ran toward the hospital, where another woman was smoking a cigarette.

The suspect shouted at the girl, then appeared to wait for her to return to the bus stop before he finally left the scene. He ignored the purse and left it behind, where it was eventually recovered by the girl with the help of the other woman.

Willson is facing charges including kidnapping, attempted forcible confinement, criminal harassment and engaging in threatening conduct.

Police would like the woman who assisted the 17-year-old at the hospital to come forward and identify herself. Anyone else with information on the case is asked to contact North Cowichan/ Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

At this time, police are not linking this incident with the unsolved murder of 18-year-old Tyeshia Jones in January.

http://www.canada.com/Teen+escapes+abduction+attempt/4420340/story.html
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Crown seeks six-year sentence for former Ottawa teacher who molested girls, collected child porn
March 14, 2011

OTTAWA — A former high-school teacher, Boy Scout leader and pedophile who already admitted to sexually molesting four young girls also pleaded guilty on Monday to possessing child pornography.

For all the offences, prosecutors are now seeking a six-year prison sentence for Yves Lafortune, 45, who once taught at Ecole secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges in Orléans.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Lafortune had more than 1,400 images of child pornography along with at least 58 videos, which showed the graphic sexual abuse of children as young as three.

One of the videos showed a man in a clown mask sexually abusing a child, said assistant Crown attorney John Ramsay. The images and videos were seized following Lafortune’s arrest last May in connection with a year-long international child pornography sting by the Toronto police using intelligence gathered during the arrest of Robin Barrett, a 51-year-old Anglican priest in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador

Lafortune, who used several online names, including “Hornyuncle” and “Hornyguy”, shared with an undercover detective a picture of a naked four-year-old girl in a sexual pose. He was arrested as he drove away from the school where he worked on May 27.

Lafortune pleaded guilty in December to two counts of sexual interference for incidents that occurred with the four girls, who were between the ages of six and 11, between 2001 and 2010. Lafortune touched the children sexually, according to an agreed statement of facts.

Lafortune, who wore wire-rimmed glasses in court and had his long brown hair tied back in a ponytail, sat leaning against the wall with his eyes closed as Ramsay read in French victim impact statements from three of the children he had molested and two of their parents.

A psychiatrist who examined Lafortune found he was a pedophile, Ramsay said. The psychiatrist also found that Lafortune could suppress his pedophilia but chooses not to, Ramsay told the court.

“It’s only now that he’s caught that he wants help,” said Ramsay, who asked Ontario Court Justice Lise Maisonneuve to sentence Lafortune — who has been in jail since his arrest in May — to six years in prison.

Lafortune’s lawyer, Michel Bisson, was expected to make his submissions Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Crown+seeks+year+sentence+former+Ottawa+teacher+molested+girls+collected+child+porn/4438183/story.html#ixzz1GcqQEWjn

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Molester wants short sentence so he can get treatment
March 15, 2011

A lawyer for child molester Yves Lafortune asked for another 10 months to two years in jail for his client so the ex-high school teacher will be able to seek treatment for his pedophilia, a court heard Tuesday.

Lafortune, 44, admitted to molesting four young girls over a nine-year period and was busted in a child porn sting with 1,400 images and at least 58 videos of raunchy child pornography.

The kids depicted were less than 12 years old.

Defence counsel Michel Bisson said a total sentence of 24 to 38 months would allow the court to impose probation on Lafortune, which would keep him under close supervision.

It would also leave him eligible for a Brockville program where the diagnosed pedophile could get help.

Lafortune has served nearly 10 months of pre-trial custody since his May arrest en route to Beatrice-Desloges Catholic High School. He will be given credit on a 1.5-to-one basis.

“I can do but one thing to show my sincere remorse,” Lafortune said in French. “And that is to accept the judgement of the court, no matter what form it takes.”

Crown prosecutor John Ramsay is seeking a six-year sentence. Judge Lise Maisonneuve will rule April 11.

http://new.ottawasun.ca/news/ottawa/2011/03/15/17630576.html

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Judge sends Ottawa teacher to prison for 38 months for child sex assaults, pornography possession
April 11, 2011

OTTAWA — With former students sitting in the courtroom, a one time-high school teacher, Boy Scout leader and pedophile who sexually molested four young girls and had a collection of child pornography was sentenced Monday to a further 38 months in prison.

Yves Lafortune, 45, who once taught at Ecole secondaire catholique Beatrice-Desloges in Orléans, had admitted in March to having more than 1,400 images and at least 58 videos of child pornography, which showed the graphic sexual abuse of children as young as three.

He pleaded guilty in December to two counts of sexual interference for incidents that occurred with the four girls, who were between the ages of six and 11, between 2001 and 2010.

The pleas were entered following Lafortune’s arrest last May in connection with a year-long international child pornography sting by Toronto police using intelligence gathered during the arrest of Robin Barrett, a 51-year-old Anglican priest in Conception Bay South, N.L.

According to an agreed statement of facts, Lafortune shared nine photos, including a picture of a naked four-year-old girl in a sexual pose, with an undercover detective after she engaged him in an online conversation.

When the officer didn’t share any files with the accused, Lafortune immediately deleted her as a contact.

Ontario Court Justice Lise Maisonneuve sentenced Lafortune to 4½ years for the crimes, but gave him 16 months’ credit for the time he has already spent in custody since his arrest last May.

A class of students, some of whom had once been taught by Lafortune, attended the sentencing.

Lafortune was also ordered to provide a DNA sample, was added to the sex offenders’ registry and banned for 20 years from attending parks, playgrounds or other places children might be present.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Judge+sends+Ottawa+teacher+prison+months+child+assaults+pornography+possession/4597094/story.html


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Chilliwack RCMP issues warning after teen sexually assaulted
March 14, 2011

Chilliwack Mounties are again warning parents to be vigilant about their children's Internet use after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted at a party organized by an older man, possibly over Facebook.

A 32-year-old man is facing sexual assault charges in connection with the attack.

Police say the man may have used Facebook to invite teenage boys and girls to a party at his home, where he supplied them with alcohol.

Mounties allege that the victim passed out and was left at the home, where she was sexually assaulted.

RCMP spokesperson Const. Tracy Wolbeck said the incident is similar to one reported last May, when police say older teenagers hosted a so-called "LG [little girls] party" at which younger girls were plied with alcohol and targeted to engage in sexual acts.

"The M.O. is very similar to LG parties," said Wolbeck. "The new part of the trend is the older adult now being involved."

She said this is the first such incident since the LG parties were reported last year.

Police are repeating their plea to parents to carefully monitor the Internet activity of their children.

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Pregnant woman begs court for leniency in child abuse case

MONTREAL - A woman who is six months pregnant testified in court Tuesday that she's turned her life around since being charged with severe negligence of her son, who saved his own life when just 18 months old.

The child, starving and covered with infected sores, somehow climbed down three stories to escape his filthy apartment and crack-addicted mother to "literally save his own life," the crown told court.

He was found by neighbours and spent several days in hospital on morphine "to manage his excruciating pain" of broken bones and burns, crown prosecutor Josée Fontaine said.

The woman, who can't be identified to protect the child, has since had two more children, who are now 2 years and 10 months, with her new partner, who has two children of his own.

The defence is asking for two years less a day to be served in the community.

The crown is asking for a prison sentence of between three and 18 months. But the prosecutor said it is likely the judge will take into consideration the fact that two children would be without their mother if she went to prison.

The injured child has been in a foster home since fall, 2006.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/money/Pregnant+woman+begs+court+leniency+child+abuse+case/4442572/story.html

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'saved his own life'


MONTREAL — Even after the 18-month-old boy was released from hospital where his malnourished, burned and broken body was healed, Quebec's youth protection agency returned him to his negligent, crack-addicted mother.

It wasn't until the boy's father was released from prison a few months later and discovered his son living in squalor, sitting naked amid the shattered glass of an aquarium, that he was placed in the foster home where he still lives.

The Crown has called for a sentence for the mother of between three and 18 months in prison on charges of negligence and abandonment.

On Tuesday, defence lawyer Julien Archambault asked that the woman, who is pregnant with her fourth child, be given a two-year sentence, to be served in the community. She acknowledged the judge would no doubt take the woman's 10-month-old and two-year-old children into consideration, and hand down a community sentence.

Judge Louise Villemure is to render her decision May 3.

The mother, who can't be identified in order to protect the child, was arrested in 2007 — months after the toddler had made his way out of the fourth-story apartment and climbed down the external fire escape in August, 2006.

His anguished screams were heard by a neighbour, who called police. The child was covered in infected sores from cigarette and stove-element burns, had broken bones and was starving.

"This young baby saved his own life," Crown prosecutor Josee Fontaine said Tuesday during sentencing arguments. "He suffered excruciating pain in which had to be treated in hospital with morphine."

The injured child has been in a foster home since the fall of 2006.

Outside the courtroom, Fontaine expressed frustration with the Directeur de la protection de la jeunesse, Quebec's youth protection agency, which returned the child to his mother when he was released from hospital. It also refused to give the Crown any information regarding the current situation of the woman's other children.

Fontaine, clearly moved by the case, said she put her foot down when the mother requested last fall to get her injured son back, who is now six years old and living with a foster family.

The youngster, Fontaine said, became extremely upset during a meeting the province's youth protection agency set up between the mother and the child. "Before she even had a chance to say hello, the child saw her and began crying hysterically, grabbing the leg of his adoptive mother."

On Tuesday, the woman, 25, wiped away tears in Quebec Court as she told the judge she had turned her life around.

She stopped taking drugs in 2008, attends classes for young mothers to complete high school and is in a relationship with the father of her last two children as well as the one due in June. The man, a pool technician with a criminal record, has two children of his own that under agency orders he is only allowed to see on weekends.

Archambault, the defence lawyer, said his client grew up in an abusive home, ran away from foster homes and got into prostitution and drugs. He said she is trying to wipe away her past.

"The pre-sentence report says she could reoffend, but the state she's in now is very different from the state she was in before," Archambault said. "Being able to care for her children and be a good mother will help her on her road to change."

But the Crown disagreed, pointing out that the woman has shown no remorse, nor did she take any serious steps to deal with her addiction after her baby was hospitalized. A year after her arrest for neglecting her child, she was charged with trafficking crack and obstruction.

"This doesn't reassure me," Fontaine said.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Quebec+court+hears+month+abused+child+saved+life/4442820/story.html



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Two years jail for breaking baby's ribs
March 17, 2011

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man who squeezed his one-month-old baby in a fit of anger, breaking eight of his ribs, has been sentenced to two years in jail.

William Wolonciej, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. Judge Brent Stewart sentenced Wolonciej to an additional three years supervised probation and ordered that he undergo psychiatric counselling.

The Crown and defence had recommended a jail sentence of just one year.

"This wasn't an accident, this was done out of anger," Stewart said. "The injuries are incredibly serious ... I don't look at one year as a significant sentence."

Crown attorney Jennifer Mann defended the joint recommendation, saying it was in line with case law. She said similar cases in which longer sentences have been imposed routinely involve multiple assaults or multiple victims.

"It's not something I necessarily agree with, but case law supports it," Mann said.

Court heard Wolonciej had split up with his former common-law wife and was caring for the child on Sept. 11, 2009, when the baby started vomiting blood. The baby was taken to hospital where a doctor discovered he had recently suffered fractures to eight of his ribs.

In a subsequent police interview, Wolonciej admitted assaulting the baby when he was "angry and frustrated" with the baby's mother.

"He indicated when he squeezed (the baby) he made a lot of noise, like a screeching sound," Mann said.

A doctor said the baby's injuries were unrelated to his vomiting blood. The child spent five days in hospital.

"It broke my heart to watch my baby in a hospital with an IV," his mother told court. "I felt devastated and helpless."

Child and Family Services seized the baby and another sibling, and did not return them for six weeks, the woman said.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2011/03/17/17660086.html

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Child abuser gets 2.5 years for 50 incidents
Victims' innocence 'stolen' by family friend

March 16, 2011

A father wept as he stood in a North Vancouver courtroom recently and described his anguish at not being able to protect his children from a sexual abuser.

His voice breaking, the man stood before a judge and said the guilt he feels for trusting the family friend who abused his children is "exhausting and overwhelming."

"How were we not aware?" is the question he and his wife will always ask themselves, he said.

"We are angry and scared," he told the judge. "Our children's view of intimacy has been completely poisoned. . . . Their innocence has been stolen."

The father -- who cannot be named, to protect the children's identities -- read his emotional victim impact statement at a sentencing hearing for Glen MacArthur, 67, who was sentenced Friday for two counts of child sexual abuse.

Judge Carol Ellan Baird sent MacArthur to jail for two and a half years for his crimes, which took place over an 18-month period and included more than 50 incidents of sexual touching.

Following the sentence, family and friends of the victims' parents embraced outside the courtroom.

"He got pretty much the maximum of what he could and we accept that," said the children's father outside the court. "Would we want more as parents? Of course."

At the earlier sentencing hearing, Crown counsel Ron Edwards described how MacArthur began to abuse the brother and sister when the girl was just seven years old and the boy was nine. Their family had been going through a difficult time, said Edwards, and trusted MacArthur as a friend. "It was against that background that (MacArthur) began the abuse of these children," he said.

MacArthur started his abuse by "grooming" his victims through use of sexually explicit language and exposing them to pornography, said Edwards. It later progressed to touching and other sexual activity.

The abuse eventually stopped when MacArthur made a graphic sexual comment to the girl when she was in a hot tub with him. The girl told her parents, who wouldn't allow her to be alone with MacArthur from then on.

Eventually she told a school counselor what had happened and the family went to police.

The girl told police MacArthur would often tell her he'd give her money to buy candy if she did what he wanted. He also told her not to tell anyone, warning her if she did, "You'll never see me again. You don't want the cops thinking you got molested . . . because you didn't."

The girl said she was scared to tell her parents because MacArthur was so nice when they were around.

The girl's brother told police he knew MacArthur was talking to his sister about "bad things . . . dirty things" and was himself subjected to sexual touching but was also afraid to tell anyone because he thought MacArthur would hurt his sister or he'd get in trouble.

In reviewing the psychological reports, Edwards said he was concerned that MacArthur was unable to explain what had happened and denied having a sexual attraction to children.

Over time, the sexual activity with the children became "acceptable and commonplace -- to the kids and to me," MacArthur was quoted as telling one psychologist. After a while, he stopped thinking of the girl as a girl, he told the psychologist.

MacArthur's lawyer Brian Michelson said his client is "very remorseful" and still "struggling to understand his own actions."

He added psychologists pointed to MacArthur as a low risk to reoffend.

Addressing the judge in a breaking voice, MacArthur told her, "I am overwhelmed with remorse for my actions."

Following the sentencing, the children's mother said outside court it's important for all parents to teach their children early about inappropriate touching and about the difference between privacy and harmful secrets.

In addition to jail time, the judge ordered that MacArthur be placed under strict conditions for 10 years after his release from jail, including being banned from any park, school or daycare where children are likely to be present, being banned from working or volunteering with kids and being banned from using a computer to communicate with anyone under 16.

Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/life/Child+abuser+gets+years+incidents/4448765/story.html#ixzz1GuCZUfpw
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Girl's death under investigation in Sioux Lookout
March 19, 2011

SIOUX LOOKOUT – Police in Sioux Lookout, Ontario are investigated the death of an 11-year-old girl in that community.

The Sioux Lookout detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police received a report of a missing 11-year-old girl on Friday, March 18.

Early Saturday morning, March 19, the girl was located. She was transported to Meno Ya Win Health Centre for treatment and was subsequently pronounced dead.

An investigation was commenced by the OPP Criminal Investigations Branch in conjunction with the Northwest Region Crime unit and assisted by the Northwest Identification Unit.

The investigation is under the direction of Det. Insp. Dan Davidson. Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Sioux Lookout OPP or Crimestopper's at 1-800-222-8477.

http://www.kenoradailyminerandnews.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3035503

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11-year-old girl froze to death, post-mortem concludes

March 24, 2011

An 11-year-old girl who died after a brief disappearance in Sioux Lookout last weekend froze to death, police recently confirmed.

Chloe Matthews, 11, went missing Friday evening. She was later found on the grounds of Sacred Heart School and died at hospital Saturday morning.

Following a post-mortem examination, OPP officials say the cause of death was environmental hypothermia.

In other media reports, Matthew’s grandmother, Phyllis, said her granddaughter also had alcohol poisoning and was found without clothes.

OPP spokeswoman Shelly Garr said the incident is still under investigation, and that she couldn’t confirm any of the details reported through other media.

Garr also wouldn’t say if foul play is suspected.

"We’re looking at what led up to the death, and the events surrounding the death," Garr said.

http://tbnewswatch.com/news/138210/11-year-old-girl-froze-to-death,-post-mortem-concludes


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