Longueuil man ac­cepts longterm of­fender des­ig­na­tion for lur­ing teens

Montreal Gazette - - CITY - PAUL CHERRY pcherry@post­media.com

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.

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