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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sexual abuse lands bus driver, daycare worker 8 years prison

A former school bus driver and daycare worker who repeatedly sexually abused his young stepdaughter and her best friend has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
The 42-year-old man cannot be named to protect the identities of his victims.
Defence lawyer Jody Ostapiw said the man agreed to an eight-year sentence after hearing a lengthy and graphic submission from Crown attorney Tony Kavanagh.
“He has indicated that hearing everything all at once has had an impact on him ... and has changed his view,” Ostapiw told Judge Morris Kaufman. “It’s hard to admit you’ve done something so horrible, that you’ve gone from being a parent to a predator.”
Court heard the man began molesting his stepdaughter when she was 12. The abuse graduated to sexual intercourse several times a week and eventually included the girl’s 13-year-old “best friend.”
The man was arrested in 2006 when the stepdaughter, then 16, reported the abuse to police. In a statement to police the girl said the man often extorted sex from her in exchange for allowing her to go out with friends.
The second victim lived with her friend’s family for a time and considered the man to be a father figure, court was told. The man began abusing both girls separately and together, both at home and during camping trips.
In a pre-sentence report the man claimed he washed his stepdaughter and demonstrated sexual acts “for her health and safety.” He “realized he was having a problem when he was having more sex with his stepdaughter than he was with his wife,” the report states.
“I hate him for what he did,” his stepdaughter’s friend said in a victim impact statement. “He was a good friend to my entire family.”
Kaufman ordered that the man’s name be included on the national sex offender registry for 20 years and prohibited him from working at any job involving children under the age of 16.

In my opinion, sex offenders are the worst kind of criminals. Like I have previously said, I believe that prison should be reserved for the most violent, dangerous and high risk offenders. This man, is one of them. He agreed to the 8 year sentence and what he did to these two victims, was horrible. I also agree with the sentence. He will be eligible for full parole in 2 years and 8 months. 

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