Man sen­tenced for sex crimes

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Pain and guilt poured out in Su­pe­rior Court dur­ing sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sions for a Brantford man con­victed of sex­ual as­sault.

The man can’t be named be­cause it would iden­tify his vic­tim, who was his step­son at the time of the of­fences.

He was found guilty in June of sex­ual as­sault, in­vi­ta­tion to sex­ual touch­ing and mak­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit ma­te­rial avail­able to a child.

He was sen­tenced last month to three years each on the three charges to be served con­cur­rently.

At his trial, the man main­tained his in­no­cence and tes­ti­fied that his step­son’s mother urged him to show the boy pornog­ra­phy.

The man also was found guilty of sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence but that charge was con­di­tion­ally stayed.

“Grow­ing up I lived in con­stant fear,” said the young man in a writ­ten vic­tim im­pact state­ment.

“I was al­ways ner­vous and fear­ful of what might hap­pen if I spoke the truth. The voices in my head said no one would be­lieve me and mom would get an­gry with me.”

The young man said he even­tu­ally be­came a per­son “no one would like,” lash­ing out at peo­ple.

Af­ter years of deal­ing with coun­sel­lors, po­lice and “end­less” meet­ings, the young man said he’s in a bet­ter place thanks to ther­apy and his mu­sic.

His mother, how­ever, ex­pressed guilt and shame in an emo­tional 25-minute state­ment to the court.

“This pain will be my bur­den to carry as a re­minder of my life’s great­est fail­ure,” said the woman, re­count­ing her shame as she told her son’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther that the per­son she trusted, loved and mar­ried had de­stroyed her son’s child­hood.

“I hate my­self. I let my son down. I should have known and seen the signs.”

In her sen­tenc­ing, Jus­tice Ca­t­rina Braid enu­mer­ated four in­ci­dents of in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­iour.

Af­ter dis­cussing with his wife the idea of hav­ing a talk about sex with the boy, the de­fen­dant brought adult porno­graphic mag­a­zines into the ado­les­cent’s bed­room and mas­tur­bated, look­ing at the mag­a­zines.

The next time he brought porn to the bed­room he touched the boy’s pe­nis with his hand and mouth.

In the third in­ci­dent, the man put on a porn video and called the boy to the bed­room to watch, putting his hand on the boy’s pe­nis.

An­other time, the man asked his step­son to shower with him.

“Clearly these of­fences have had a pro­found emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact on the vic­tim and his mother,” said Braid.

The judge said she would treat the de­fen­dant as a first of­fender since his only other con­vic­tion was for drunk driv­ing and pos­ses­sion of a drug in March 2017, well af­ter the sex­ual crimes. He was as­signed $2,450 in fines and sur­charges on those of­fences in July.

Braid said she is op­ti­mistic the vic­tim is putting “this ugly chap­ter” in his life be­hind him.

She noted a lack of re­morse on the part of the de­fen­dant but cited a pos­i­tive pre-sen­tence re­port and the sup­port shown by his par­ents and fi­ancée. The man had to move out of his fi­ancee’s home af­ter be­ing found guilty of the sex crimes be­cause the woman has a young daugh­ter.

Braid or­dered the de­fen­dant not to com­mu­ni­cate with his vic­tim or his ex-wife. He’ll be on the sex­ual of­fend­ers list for life and is pro­hib­ited from hav­ing weapons for 10 years, He must pro­vide DNA for the na­tional of­fend­ers data­bank and is pro­hib­ited from go­ing to pub­lic parks, swim­ming ar­eas and other places where there are chil­dren, younger than 16, un­less he is with an adult who’s aware of the court or­der.

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