C.B.N. man con­victed of child abuse, ac­quit­ted of some charges

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A Con­cep­tion Bay North man ac­cused of abus­ing his chil­dren has been con­victed on eight charges.

At provin­cial court in Har­bour Grace last week, Judge Jac­que­line Brazil found the man guilty on seven charges of un­law­ful forcible con­fine­ment and one charge of con­tribut­ing to wil­fully con­tribut­ing to a child be­ing in need of pro­tec­tive in­ter­ven­tion.

He can­not be iden­ti­fied to pro­tect the iden­ti­ties of his chil­dren.

Their mother was pre­vi­ously con­victed of 20 counts of child abuse.

In her ver­dict, Brazil said that while some chil­dren may have seen their fa­ther as an ally, he was a “weak par­ent.”

“The ev­i­dence has proved be­yond a rea­son­able doubt that the chil­dren were in need of pro­tec­tion,” said the judge.

The man was ac­quit­ted on charges of cor­rupt­ing chil­dren and in­vi­ta­tion to sex­ual touch­ing.

Brazil said there were in­con­sis­ten­cies in the state­ments pro­vided by the chil­dren.

“The charges must be proved be­yond a rea­son­able doubt,” she said. “It is frag­ile ev­i­dence.”

As Brazil read her de­ci­sion, the man’s eyes rarely left her. He ap­peared re­laxed, with his legs crossed and his chin rest­ing in his hands.

When he l earned he was ac­quit­ted on some charges, he gave a slight fist- pump and straight­ened his pos­ture.

The dis­turb­ing na­ture of the case has grabbed the at­ten­tion of the en­tire province and has stoked anger in the com­ments sec­tion of on­line news sites and so­cial me­dia.

The fa­ther will be sen­tenced Sept. 30. De­fense lawyer Ja­son Ed­wards has re­quested a pre-sen­tenc­ing re­port.

The mother will learn her fate on Sept. 9.

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