Ma­gog pe­dophile gets 5 years

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sher­brooke Court­house

Ar­rested by the Ma­gog Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice on Novem­ber 15th, last year, and de­tained ever since, Théo Houle, a 35 year-old man, de­cided to plead guilty to all the charges laid against him for sex­ual con­tact and for in­vi­ta­tions for sex­ual touch­ing. In re­turn, the Crown At­tor­ney, An­dré Cam­pagna, agreed to drop the charges for sex­ual as­sault against Houle. The crimes were com­mit­ted against a 9 year-old girl over a pe­riod of nine months in 2009. Lawyer Cam­pagna and de­fense lawyer Pa­trick Fréchette both sug­gested that a five year sen­tence would be ap­pro­pri­ate. Judge Michel Beau­chemin gave it his ap­proval. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion in this sor­did af­fair was led by de­tec­tive Yvan Bélanger of the Ma­gog Po­lice.

Théo Houle has a pend­ing file in Gaspé for a sex­ual as­sault on a young­ster. It was, in this par­tic­u­lar case, a one­time event. Even if he should even­tu­ally plead guilty to the charge, it would not ex­tend his five year sen­tence. When Houle comes out of jail, he will be pro­hib­ited from pos­sess­ing firearms for a 10 year pe­riod and, for the next 20 years, he will be listed as a sex of­fender. He also had to pro­vide bod­ily sam­ples for DNA pur­poses. Be­fore last Novem­ber, Théo Houle had no crim­i­nal record and was un­known by the Ma­gog po­lice.

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