A Saskatoon man who admitted sexually abusing his own daughter
during her childhood will not have to spend any time behind bars
for it, a Queen's Bench judge ruled this week.
The 57-year-old, whose name can't be published in order to protect the victim's identity, had a prior criminal record for molesting someone else's child at the Lakeview swimming pool about 20 years ago
However, in passing sentence Wednesday, Justice Dan Konkin rejected a Crown recommendation to ban the man from public places where children congregate while he serves a one-year conditional term in the community
for the crime against his daughter.
Konkin also rejected the Crown's recommendation for a 10-year firearms prohibition against the man and did not order him to pay a victim impact surcharge for the conviction.
Konkin ordered the child molester to complete 100 hours of community service as part of his punishment.
Crown prosecutor Cory Bliss said an appeal of the sentence is likely. Bliss had sought a prison term of 31/2 years.
The Crown has already appealed Konkin's decision earlier this year to acquit the same man of sexual abuse charges connected to his younger daughter
, who alleged he had fondled and eventually raped her in a long series of incidents during the 1980s and early 1990s.
He pleaded guilty to a single charge of indecent assault against his older daughter, now a grown woman who delivered an emotionally charged statement during his sentencing hearing this fall.
"Sexual abuse by your own father is like being murdered. Except you keep on living. And you just carry the carcass of your murdered childhood with you," she told court.
"I ask your honour, how will you stop him? He will not stop himself."
Speaking to The StarPhoenix after learning of her father's community-based sentence this week, the woman expressed profound disappointment with the judge's decision.
She broke her silence in order to protect other innocent potential victims, she said.
Following his conviction in 1990 for fondling a little girl at the Lakeview public pool, her father got a harsher penalty than he did in this case
, she noted -- a 90-day jail sentence, which he was allowed to serve on weekends.