A 58-year-old man was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on Monday at the Joliette courthouse for sexually assaulting the friends of his then school-aged daughters between 2018 and 2019.
On the basis of a common suggestion between prosecutors, Judge Claude Lachapelle of the Court of Quebec sentenced the accused to 78 months of imprisonment for several counts of sexual interference, incitement to sexual interference, sexual assault, harassing communication and breach of conditions.
The abuse events were happening every time the young girls went to sleep with the sex offender, whose identity we will not disclose in order to comply with a court order.
When the children were asleep in the living room of the family home in Lavaltrie, he went to join them. He would ask them what they “would like to do to have more money” or tell them “that it was okay to have sex at their age”, according to the account of the facts exposed by the public prosecutor. Crown, Me Kahina Rougeau-Daoud, in interview with the QMI Agency.
In total, the pedophile made four victims, aged 8 to 13 years at the time of the facts.
One of the victims even suffered 10 incidents of assault, with the sex offender hugging her while she was asleep and taking her to the bathroom to commit his misdeeds.
The man was also sentenced Monday for sexual assault and harassment that occurred in 1985 and 1986 on an adult woman.
Life turned upside down
One of the victims, now 15 years old, wished to testify to the pain and the after-effects that the attacks had on her.
“The consequences that it has been in my life is the loss of confidence in anyone,” said the one who suffered from depression following the events.
“Honestly […], I never thought he was going to do that, he was the father of one of my good friends, ”she added, specifying that her whole life had been turned upside down.
“I’d just like to know why,” the young victim said with a tremolo in her voice.
“Yeah, he’s going to jail and everything, but how I feel inside, it’s going to stay that way for the rest of my life.” I was young, I did not understand what it was, ”she said in court.
If we remove pre-trial detention, the pedophile has 64 months and five days to serve. He will be entered in the sex offender registry for life.