Ottawa Citizen

‘Sadist’ who raped teen begs forgivenes­s

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A man who was diagnosed as a “sexual sadist” for posing as a police officer to kidnap and rape a teenager and hold her captive for two days, asked for forgivenes­s in court Thursday, a request the victim’s family dismissed. Gerard Baumgarte spoke in court in Red Deer for the first time. “I just want to say I’m sorry,” he said tearfully — one of his first displays of emotion during the trial. “I beg forgivenes­s from the victim.” Baumgarte pleaded guilty to several charges, including kidnapping, unlawful confinemen­t, sexual assault, impersonat­ing a police officer and assault with a weapon. He is expected to be sentenced Saturday. The Crown is seeking a life sentence, while the defence argues for 10 to 15 years.

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