Friday, December 10, 2010

Dad molested daughter for years during visitation, but judge returns him to the community after just 8 months behind bars (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)

Unbelievable crap. UNNAMED DAD has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his daughter for years--AND during his visitation time, when he lived with his parents. He is considered "mentally disabled" with the "mental capacity of a typical 12- or 13-year old." And an alcoholic. In fact, such a severe alcoholic that he has apparently been "impaired" every day of his adult life.

So here's the giant unanswered question here: What nitwit granted child visitation to this boozer loser of a father? Of course, this article doesn't even pose the question much less answer it.

Second, why has the legal system continued to coddle this molester daddy? This guy sexually abused his daughter from at least the age of six, and some legal genius thinks it okay to return him to the community after just eight months in jail? Be very afraid, all you good people of Winnipeg.

And where is this girl's mother in all this? Not one word. It's as if she never existed.


Judge delays plea bargain for dad who molested girl
Questions deal to release him after just eight months
By: Mike McIntyre

Posted: 10/12/2010 1:00 AM

He molested his daughter for several years -- begining when she was six -- inflicting a lifetime of emotional damage in the process.

Yet a 34-year-old mentally disabled Winnipeg man still deemed a high risk to reoffend is set to return to the community after spending just eight months behind bars under a controversial plea bargain.

Provincial court Judge Sid Lerner raised questions about the deal Thursday, refusing to endorse it until he can hear further arguments and case law from Crown and defence lawyers. Lerner noted the Manitoba Court of Appeal has previously ruled the "starting point" for similar crimes is in the range of four to five years in prison.

"I am very concerned where this case falls with regard to those (other) sentencing decisions," said Lerner.

The father, who can't be named in order to protect the victim, pleaded guilty to several sex-related offences which were disclosed to police earlier this year. He admits to repeated attacks on the now 14-year-old girl, beginning in 2002. They all involved inappropriate touching and fondling.

Lawyers have made a joint recommendation for the man to be sentenced to time already served in custody, followed by three years of supervised probation.

At the heart of their argument is the fact the man has cognitive impairment which has left him with the mental capacity of a typical 12- or 13-year-old. As well, he claims to have no memory of the repeated sexual attacks on his daughter because he is an alcoholic who has spent pretty much every day of his adult life impaired, court was told.

The daughter is also reluctant to testify in court, which lawyers have factored in when agreeing to a much lighter sentence.

Lawyers say the man may be suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome but has never been formally diagnosed. Lerner is now seeking further medical information on the man to assess the suggested plea bargain.

"I think it's good to know the degree of disability he has," he said.

The father had been living at home with his own parents and would attack his daughter when she would come to visit and sleep over, court was told. She finally disclosed the abuse earlier this year to a school guidance counsellor, who contacted police and Child and Family Services.

The man is planning to live at the Salvation Army once he is released from jail. His probation would include orders to abstain from alcohol, which he admits will likely be a major problem to comply with. He must also not be alone with any children and will be placed on the national sex offender registry.

His case has been adjourned until later this month. He remains in custody without bail.