Man who videotaped fiancée’s daughter gets six months in jail
A man who lives in the Trinity Bay area was sentenced last Friday to six months in jail for secretly videotaping his fiancée’s daughter multiple times in the bathroom of their home.
The man, whose identity is the subject of a publication ban to protect the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty last month to one count of possession of child pornography and two counts of voyeurism. He used a towel to hide a cellphone that recorded video of the girl in various states of undress.
Judge Jacqueline Brazil said the facts of the case were extremely aggravating given a child was involved. The man had been involved with the girl’s mother for several years.
The judge noted children are among the most vulnerable people and given how he preyed upon this victim, it was important to send a strong message with the sentence. The sixmonth jail term falls in line with Crown prosecutor Natalie Payne’s recommendation. Earlier that week, Payne classified the man’s crimes as deliberate and not spontaneous. Defence lawyer Doug Moores requested a four-month sentence.
In May of this year, the victim’s mother found a video on a memory card exceeding 20 minutes that showed her daughter preparing to use the shower.
At two points in same video, her fiancée was visible. Police eventually found two other videos and 128 still images taken from them.
The man was arrested shortly after the victim’s mother contacted police. He has not been in custody.
Brazil did acknowledge the man is a good candidate for rehabilitation, but he will be subject to a number of conditions upon his release. The judge issued a two-year probation order that, among other things, pre- vents him from having any contact with the victim.
For 10 years, he will be prohibited from hanging out in public areas where he can reasonably expect to come in contact with youth under the age of 16.
That also applies to work and volunteer situations where he would be in a position of trust with someone under that age. He cannot have any contact with a person under the age of 16 unless supervised by another person for 10 years.
The man will be listed as a registered sex offender for 10 years. His DNA will also be entered into a database.
A court order was made Friday to destroy all videos and photos linked to the case.