Teacher’s sentencing set
Crown wants three years for man who committed sex crimes with student
Damir Bulic will learn May 15 if he will be serving as much as three years in the penitentiary for sex crimes involving a student almost a decade ago.
The date for Superior Court Justice Dan Cornell to deliver his sentencing decision was set this week in Sudbury court.
On Dec. 14, Cornell reserved his decision following close to two hours of sentencing submissions and the reading in of victim impact statements.
Bulic, 46, who is not in custody, was convicted on July 16 of four counts of performing an indecent act and one count of invite sexual touching, all involving the same male minor from Sept. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011.
The Crown is seeking a three-year jail term, along with a 10-year community supervision order, a DNA order and a lifetime listing on the national sex offenders’ registry.
Defence lawyer Owen Goddard, in contrast, argued that a sentence of nine to 12 months was appropriate in the circumstances and because Bulic never touched the victim.
Goddard said Bulic, who is a father of seven, lost his job and is now dealing with mental health issues such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety. On two occasions, Bulic had to spend time in hospital and is being assisted by a psychiatrist and receiving counselling.
“He has lost a career,” said the lawyer. “His reputation has been tarnished.”
Goddard suggested Bulic be allowed to serve his sentence at the St. Lawrence Valley Correctional and Treatment Centre in Brockville where he can get mental health treatment.
Assistant Crown attorney Bailey Rudnick, meanwhile, said Bulic, as the victim’s teacher, committed “a particularly egregious breach of trust.”
She said all sexual abuse of children must be taken very seriously in the courts.
“In this case, the child was put at real risk of sexual touching,” said the assistant Crown attorney. “He said no to (oral sex offered by Bulic).”
Rudnick said that although Bulic is now dealing with serious mental health issues, he brought them on himself through his behaviour.
“He is here solely because of the actions he committed, things he did that violated the law,” she said.
Rudnick said Bulic’s actions impacted the now adult male so much he checked into a mental health facility to get help.
The trial heard that on one occasion, Bulic had sexual intercourse with a watermelon in front of the student. On another, he had sexual intercourse with a Styrofoam container with chicken wings while on a trip to Canada’s Wonderland with the student.
He also masturbated on the hood of a vehicle while the student videotaped it on a cellphone, offered to perform oral sex on the student during a visit to Bulic’s uncle’s camp on Manitoulin Island, and used a cellphone to videotape the student masturbating.
The student said when his parents ordered the relationship to end, Bulic gave him $1,000 in cash. The man said his parents found out and his father drove to Bulic’s home and returned the money.
On the trial’s first day, the man’s mother testified Bulic crossed a line when he purchased a one-way ticket for her son to join him and his family on a vacation to Croatia in the summer of 2011. The parents did not let their son use the ticket.
In early 2013, Greater Sudbury Police officers interviewed the mother and son, but no charges were laid as they found nothing criminal occurred.
However, in November 2016 at the family home, the son and his girlfriend were talking. The girlfriend then told the mother the son had something to disclose about his relationship with Bulic.
The mother said that’s when she learned about the sexual incidents with Bulic.
The mother and the son then gave new statements to police in late 2016.