Longueuil man accepts longterm offender designation for luring teens
A man who has been convicted twice of having trolled Facebook looking for young teenage girls he could possibly extort for sex agrees that he should be declared a longterm offender.
The designation would mean Philippe Truchon, 38, of Longueuil, could have conditions imposed on him after he serves a prison term for having bullied and threatened five girls he approached through social media. Quebec Court Judge Flavia Longo will decide on Nov. 19 whether she agrees with a joint recommendation presented to her on Friday that Truchon be sentenced to an overall prison term of 52 months and be declared a long-term offender for seven years. The designation would mean that a parole officer could impose conditions on Truchon, for example a requirement that he be treated by a psychiatrist or respect a curfew, for years after his sentence expires.
In December, prosecutor Roxanne Laporte said the Crown would seek to have Truchon declared a long-term offender for 10 years. On Friday, the prosecutor said a second evaluation, requested by defence lawyer Stéphanie Basso, convinced her that the shorter period was reasonable.
While presenting the joint recommendation, Laporte informed Longo that Truchon was convicted of similar crimes in 2010. He was sentenced back then to a threeyear prison term after a psychiatrist determined he didn’t merit being declared long-term offender.
The prosecutor deposited a thick document detailing all of the threats Truchon made toward the five girls, including disturbing details where he claimed to have friends who could force a girl into the trunk of a car and drug her with Oxy-Contin or heroin.
If Longo agrees, Truchon will not be allowed to use the internet for three years with the exception of when he seeks employment. He will also be registered as a sex offender for life.