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Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse
April 21, 2015 permalink
Rumors on the internet for a year have suggested the enclosed case, purportedly about sexual abuse, is really about shutting down opposition to children's aid.
Six months for sexual interference
BELLEVILLE - A man who sexually touched his younger sister has been sentenced to jail time.
The man, whose name will not be released due to a publication order, was sentenced to a period of six months in jail, plus two years of probation with a variety of conditions, by Justice John Johnston Tuesday in the Superior Court of Justice at the Quinte Courthouse.
The case – which has torn a Centre Hastings family apart – has been before the courts for three-and-a-half years.
The sexual interference charges stemmed from incidents which occurred from 2008 to 2011, when the accused sexually touched his younger sister when she was between the ages of 11 and 14.
The court heard the victim – seven years younger than her brother – was touched both on top of and under her clothing when her brother would enter her bedroom during the night.
In a victim impact statement read aloud to the court by assistant Crown Attorney Michael Lunski, the victim stated her family has been torn apart by the incidents.
“My family never believed what I said,” she wrote, adding her mother and other brother both took the side of the accused.
She wrote there were times when she “just wanted to give up on life” and, at one point, did try to hang herself.
“I know it’s not my fault, but that is how I feel,” she wrote.
The victim impact statement also outlined how the girl was bullied at school, called names, and even told by other students that “I must have liked it if I didn’t tell anyone for four years.”
“I never told anyone because I was scared of what (he) would do.”
She also shared her inability to trust and be around people, especially men, which she said is a result of the touching.
Lunksi told the court the victim impact statement makes it clear “the extreme impact” the incidents had on the girl.
Lawyer for the accused, Clyde Smith, stated the man has “maintained his innocence” throughout the trial.
“These offences come at a horrible cost to everybody, including (the accused),” Smith said.
The man, who is 24-years-old and in a committed relationship, told Johnston he did not agree with the judge’s conviction ruling, but agreed to comply will all conditions imposed by the court.
“All I’ve ever wanted in my life is a wife and kids, to start a family,” he said. “All I want to do is get this over.”
Before delivering the sentence, Johnston told the victim she should feel no guilt.
“The fault lies with the accused who I have found to be the offender,” he said. “One hopes, along the line, this family will be able to work through this matter.”
“Society must protect our youngest and most vulnerable, that being our children, our future,” he said.
Source: Belleville Intelligencer