Man who video­taped fiancée’s daugh­ter gets six months in jail

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON

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.

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