Saskatoon, Canada – A 36-year-old father who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his teen daughter has been sentenced to 2-1/2 years in jail in a Saskatoon provincial court. The man’s identity has not been released.
According to court documents, the man had intercourse with his daughter last summer, and touched her vagina and breasts in another incident. The documents released as part of the court judgment said that the dad did not agree with his 15-year-old’s choice of boyfriend, so he told her to have sex with him in a deal to keep the boyfriend.
In her decision, Judge Donna Scott says that reasoning “makes little sense, and certainly provides no excuse. Rather, it was a form of coercion in gaining the co-operation of his daughter to participate in the offending behaviour.”
The defense blamed physical abuse by his parents, sexual abuse by a babysitter as a toddler, sexual abuse by a priest while at residential school, and a peanut allergy. I just threw that last one in.
As for the daughter she is now living with her grandmother. The judge wrote in the judgment that the daughter feels that her family “is mad at her for what happened.” The judge added, “. . . Of concern to this court, is that little or no mention was made of (the victim) in the letters of support from family members.”
The man’s wife, who was at work when the assaults took place, has decided to stay with her husband and support him to ‘keep the family together,’ court documents say. Well… together except for the daughter who is now with the grandmother, I suppose.
The dad was charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and incest. He pleaded guilty to sexual assault, and the Crown stayed the other two charges.
Prosecutors had asked for an order requiring the man to stay away from places frequented by children. The judge did not grant this noting that the man, who has one previous conviction for fraud, has some college education and has been a productive member of society. A psychologist’s assessment determined he could likely return to being a contributing member of society with the right help.
The man will also serve 18 months of probation once released, will be prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years [?], and will be entered on the national sex offender registry.
“It’s time to move forward, and (my client) will, certainly,” defense lawyer Brad Mitchell said after the hearing. “He’s accepted the sentence and will deal with it as well as he can.” Whatever.Tags: Incest, Saskatoon, Sexual Assault