Man gets one year in jail for sex­ual as­saults

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­COLE O’REILLY

A Hamil­ton man who ran­domly at­tacked two young women — chas­ing them down, chok­ing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing them on an east Hamil­ton street — has been sen­tenced to a year in jail.

The at­tack only ended when one of the vic­tims bit her at­tacker’s tongue, leav­ing a piece of his tongue at the scene, court heard.

Chad Scally pleaded guilty to sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the vic­tims, who were 16 and 21 at the time of the Jan. 8, 2016, at­tack.

“This event came seem­ingly out of nowhere,” On­tario Court Jus­tice Ge­orge Gage said dur­ing a Feb. 7 sen­tenc­ing hear­ing. “It was shock­ing, it was ter­ri­fy­ing ... and it was per­sis­tent in a way that is dis­turb­ing.”

Court heard that Scally, who was 33 at the time and had no crim­i­nal record, had been drink­ing when around 3 a.m. he ran­domly at­tacked the young women.

His de­fence lawyer, Larissa Fedak, de­scribed a child­hood with some vi­o­lence and al­co­hol abuse. He also suf­fered brain in­juries in two ac­ci­dents, was med­i­cated for ADD and be­lieves he has an un­di­ag­nosed men­tal ill­ness.

Scally’s guilty plea is “truly a sign of re­morse,” Fedak said, adding that both Scally and his fam­ily want to in­ves­ti­gate what pre­cip­i­tated this be­hav­iour and seek out treat­ment.

De­spite know­ing the facts of the case, what­ever “com­pelled” Scally to at­tack re­mains largely a “mys­tery,” said Crown at­tor­ney Brent Bentham.

“In my sub­mis­sions there is some­thing that lurks within the ac­cused which has largely been un­ad­dressed,” Bentham said.

Gage agreed to rec­om­mend Scally serve his sen­tence at the On­tario Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tute in Bramp­ton, where he could have ac­cess to pro­gram­ming for sex­ual de­viancy and men­tal ill­ness.

The vic­tims, who fought off their at­tacker, sus­tained bruises and have suf­fered emo­tion­ally, Bentham said.

“(She) has lost her sense of se­cu­rity, afraid to go out in pub­lic,” he said, re­fer­ring to a vic­tim im­pact state­ment.

Scally, who was out on bail un­der house ar­rest, was sen­tenced to 12 months in jail, plus three years of pro­ba­tion and a life­time on the sex­ual of­fender registry.

It was shock­ing, it was ter­ri­fy­ing ... and it was per­sis­tent in a way that is dis­turb­ing.

ON­TARIO COURT JUS­TICE GE­ORGE GAGE

Chad Scally at­tacked two young women.

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