Dan­ger­ous of­fender hear­ing con­tin­ues for abusive mom

The Niagara Falls Review - - Front Page - ALI­SON LAN­G­LEY

A woman who sex­u­ally abused her four-year-old daugh­ter and of­fered the child to men for sex is of low to mod­er­ate risk to re­of­fend, ac­cord­ing to a foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist.

“With a com­pre­hen­sive man­age­ment plan, her risk of low to mod­er­ate can be man­aged in the com­mu­nity,” Dr. Treena Wilkie said Mon­day in On­tario Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines at a dan­ger­ous of­fender hear­ing for the 34-year-old Ni­a­gara woman.

Wilkie di­ag­nosed the woman, who can­not be named in or­der to pro­tect the iden­tity of her vic­tims, as hav­ing bor­der­line per­son­al­ity dis­or­der, a sub­stance abuse dis­or­der and a para­philic dis­or­der linked to incest.

Court heard the de­fen­dant has a “dis­turbed at­tach­ment” to other peo­ple and is at­tracted to males with de­viant sex­ual in­ter­ests.

Wilkie rec­om­mended the woman not be around chil­dren under the age of 16.

She said the com­pre­hen­sive man­age­ment plan should in­clude su­per­vi­sion, med­i­ca­tion and var­i­ous ther­a­peu­tic in­ter­ven­tions. The mother of two pleaded guilty in Jan­uary 2017 to dozens of sex-re­lated of­fences in­clud­ing sex­ual as­sault and mak­ing and dis­tribut­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

She was one of six peo­ple ar­rested on 77 charges in Au­gust

2016 fol­low­ing a nine-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice into al­leged sex­ual abuse and in­ter­net ex­ploita­tion of young chil­dren.

Six chil­dren, aged four to 17, were iden­ti­fied and res­cued in what po­lice dubbed Project Ice­berg.

The woman is the bi­o­log­i­cal mother of two fe­male vic­tims, the four-year-old and one under the age of 18.

Her youngest child was placed in fos­ter care in early 2017 af­ter her mother was ar­rested. She has since been adopted.

The child pro­tec­tion worker tes­ti­fied ear­lier the girl, now six, of­ten ex­hibits in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­iour and re­quires con­stant su­per­vi­sion.

The Crown is seek­ing to have the woman de­clared a dan­ger­ous of­fender, which would mean she could be jailed in­def­i­nitely.

The judge could also des­ig­nate the woman as a long-term of­fender. That des­ig­na­tion would re­quire the de­fen­dant to be su­per­vised for 10 years af­ter fin­ish­ing any jail sen­tence im­posed by the court.

The hear­ing will con­tinue be­fore Judge Ron­ald Wat­son.

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