Man who blames porn for sex crimes jailed seven years

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

PAUL CHERRY

A man who linked his early porn ex­po­sure to break-ins at three young women’s Mon­treal homes and the sex­ual as­sault of one was sen­tenced Fri­day to a prison term of more than seven years.

On Dec, 23, 2015, Luis Dal­berto Ven­tura Sil­ve­rio, 38, broke into the home of the first vic­tim and or­dered her to un­dress while he threat­ened her with a knife.

When it be­came clear that he was go­ing to rape her, she handed him a con­dom and re­quested he wear it to pro­tect her from sex­u­ally-trans­mit­ted dis­ease. He agreed, but later re­moved it and as­saulted her a sec­ond time.

Af­ter, he sat at the end of her bed and be­gan to cry, say­ing he’d never done any­thing like that be­fore and was hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time at home.

Less than three weeks later, Ven­tura fol­lowed a woman from the métro to her home and pushed his way in. He tried to force him­self on her while hold­ing a knife but stopped and left when she cried out for help.

The fol­low­ing day, Jan. 14, 2016, he fol­lowed an­other woman from the métro, sneak­ing in­side her home af­ter she en­tered. He waited while she used her bath­room and, again hold­ing a knife, or­dered her into the bed­room. But like the day be­fore, he left af­ter she cried out.

He was ar­rested by the Mon­treal po­lice two days later and, on Aug. 29, 2017, pleaded guilty to one count of break­ing and en­ter­ing to com­mit a sex­ual as­sault and two counts of break­ing and en­ter­ing to com­mit an armed as­sault.

Ven­tura tes­ti­fied dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing stage of his case, telling Que­bec Court Judge Anne-Marie Lanc­tôt that, while grow­ing up in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and start­ing at age 13, he worked at a mo­tel where he was in charge of play­ing porno­graphic films.

“He rec­og­nized the neg­a­tive im­pact that pornog­ra­phy had on his de­vel­op­ment,” Lanc­tôt said while read­ing from her de­ci­sion to sen­tence Ven­tura to an over­all prison term of 90 months. Ven­tura, now 37, moved to Canada in 2010. He re­sumed his fre­quent con­sump­tion of pornog­ra­phy in 2015 when the com­pany he worked for of­fered him un­lim­ited in­ter­net ac­cess on his phone. He said he de­cided to pur­sue the three women while watch­ing pornog­ra­phy on his phone dur­ing his com­mute home from work.

With time served, Ven­tura was left with a 39-month prison term on Fri­day.

pcherry@post­media.com

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