Teacher’s sen­tenc­ing set

Crown wants three years for man who com­mit­ted sex crimes with stu­dent

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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.

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