'She's only 17 years old. The average Canadian woman lives to 83. She's got a long, long time ahead of her to live through this and he doesn't.'— Victim's uncle
Abductor diagnosed as sexual sadist
Kidnapper a sexual sadist, court hears
RED DEER — The rapist who abducted a teen outside her home and held her captive for nearly two days is a sexual sadist who deserves a life sentence, a Crown attorney told Court of Queens Bench Thursday.
Orest Yereniuk said Gerard Baumgarte’s repeated sex attacks on a teen he kidnapped, in just under 47 hours, left a lifetime of painful memories for his victim, her family and a community shaken by the crime.
“And for what?” he said.
“For his depraved desire to kidnap, abuse and repeatedly sexually assault ... There was no compassion or leniency for this complainant.”
The Crown is asking for a life term with parole eligibility after half his sentence or a maximum of 10 years has been served.
The now 57-year-old pleaded guilty to six charges ranging from sex assault to kidnapping for the attack on a 16-year-old girl he kidnapped outside her Red Deer-area home last February.
He had spent weeks looking for a victim and had darkened the lenses of goggles he would force her to wear until he let her go at a shopping mall nearly two days later.
Posing as a police officer, Baumgarte put the teen in a trunk when it was -30C outside, raped her seven times and left her with scar on her cheek from where he slashed her as he took her from just outside her family home.
Yereniuk listed more than a dozen aggravating factors — from planning his attack to tying his victim up, and terrifying her and the family who was frantic to find her.
“He brutalized her for 46 hours ... showed total disregard for another human being,” he told court.
“He kept her masked in part to increase the terror — after two hours, after four hours ... any rational girl would be thinking the worst — are these my last hours? Will I ever see my family again? Is this the end?”
Defence lawyer Patricia MacNaughton said the very fact her client let the teen go is a mitigating factor.
She pointed out Baumgarte let the girl live.
“He’s not the worst,” she told court.
“There was no gratuitous violence, he didn’t torture her ... she was told she would not be killed, she was told she would be released and that in fact took place.”
Suggesting he be handed a sentence in the range of 10 to 15 years, minus about 2 years for time served, MacNaughton pointed out her client is a first time offender being “vilified” in the courts.
“He is also a human being, a man who has family who loves him ... In the search for justice we can’t lose sight of that,” she said
Baumgarte, barely audible, nervously clasping his hands, addressed the court briefly.
“I just want to say I’m sorry, I beg forgiveness from the victim ... For the shame on my family as well,” he said.
Earlier, forensic psychiatrist, Roger Brown said he diagnosed the sex predator as a sexual sadist and noted detecting little compassion for how his crime might have impacted the teen.
Justice Doreen Sulyma will hand down her sentence Friday.