Rouse fits def­i­ni­tion of sex­ual preda­tor, judge says

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - SALTWIRE NET­WORK KENTVILLE, N.S.

Dar­rin Phillip Rouse “fits the com­mon dic­tio­nary def­i­ni­tion of a sex­ual preda­tor,” a Kentville Supreme Court judge said while sen­tenc­ing the Kings County man on Sept. 28 to 22 more months in prison.

It was the third sep­a­rate sen­tence hear­ing in two weeks for Rouse. Jus­tice Gre­gory Warner was sen­tenc­ing the 52-year-old for drug traf­fick­ing and trad­ing drugs for sex. He now has a to­tal prison term of seven years.

Rouse’s sen­tenc­ing came a year to the day af­ter Warner con­victed him of the crimes. Warner noted the long de­lay, most of which came be­cause of de­fence re­quests. The sen­tenc­ing had orig­i­nally been sched­uled for Dec. 4 of last year.

The vic­tim tes­ti­fied at trial that she met Rouse two years ago through a mu­tual friend as a drug dealer who could pro­vide her with Di­lau­did to feed her ad­dic­tion.

She tes­ti­fied that on the first day she went to Rouse’s home she had lost her wal­let, and he pro­posed trad­ing sex for the drugs.

“We had sex and he gave me drugs, and it went from there,” she said.

Ev­i­dence in the trial in­cluded a video record­ing from a bed­room cam­era con­nected to Rouse’s own sur­veil­lance sys­tem. It showed Rouse pro­vid­ing the woman with a pill, which she pre­pared and in­jected, and a short clip of the two hav­ing sex in the room.

Crown at­tor­ney Michael MacKen­zie had asked for a sen­tence of four years, while de­fence lawyer Jonathan Hughes sug­gested 18 months re­duced to 12 be­cause of the other sen­tences Rouse is al­ready serv­ing.

In his de­ci­sion, Warner said the vic­tim was “a des­per­ate drug ad­dict. Mr. Rouse preyed on her. She was a vul­ner­a­ble per­son.”

He said Rouse has been in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive pro­grams be­cause of two sex­ual as­sault con­vic­tions in the 1990s and 2000s. “He is in de­nial with re­spect to his ac­tions, and con­sid­ers him­self a vic­tim.”

Rouse has been as­sessed on two scales as be­ing at an aboveav­er­age risk of be­ing charged or con­victed of an­other sex­ual of­fence.

“One of the most trou­ble­some as­pects of this case is that the mo­tive for traf­fick­ing to a young, des­per­ate drug ad­dict was to take ad­van­tage of a par­tic­u­lar vul­ner­a­bil­ity to get sex­ual sat­is­fac­tion without com­mit­ting a sex­ual as­sault,” Warner said.

Rouse re­ceived a five-year sen­tence Sept. 12 for sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence against a 13-year-old in the early 2000s, and was sen­tenced last Tues­day to two months in ad­di­tion for an­other con­vic­tion for trad­ing drugs for sex. That in­volved a dif­fer­ent woman in 2015.

Rouse was also sen­tenced to 15 months in jail in 1999 for sex­ual as­sault three years ear­lier, and sen­tenced to three years in 2004 for sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a 16-yearold girl in 2002.

He was on pa­role for that crime when he com­mit­ted the sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence against the 13-year-old.

This month, Rouse will be back in court for trial on charges of sex­ual touch­ing of a per­son un­der the age of 16, in­vi­ta­tion to sex­ual touch­ing, sex­ual as­sault and drug traf­fick­ing. The charges all in­volve the same com­plainant.

MacKen­zie said af­ter court that if Rouse is con­victed, he will be ask­ing for more fed­eral jail time on top of the cur­rent sen­tence.

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