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Ex-scout leader given six years for sexually assaulting boys

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BRANDON — A former air cadet volunteer and scout leader who sexually assaulted boys during the 1980s has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Judge John Combs delivered the sentence in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.

Iain Kenneth George Smy used his position with youth groups to satisfy his own "twisted" desires, Crown attorney Nancy Fazenda said.

Fazenda said Smy’s need to apologize reaches beyond even the organizations, families and victims he betrayed.

"He owes an apology to all of the children who will never engage in these type of organizations because of the mistrust and suspicion that acts like these have caused for families who want to put their kids in good activities but may be afraid to do so," Fazenda said.

Smy, 51, was sentenced for three counts of sexual assault, and one count each of failing to attend court and breach of a release order by failing to surrender a passport or supply passport information.

He received five years in prison for sex assaults committed against three boys between January 1984 and November 1988. The boys were between the ages of 11 and 18 years at the time they were assaulted.

One boy was sexually assaulted hundreds of times during a two-year period.

At the time of the offences, Smy was member of the military stationed at CFB Shilo.

He was also a volunteer instructor with the Brandon air cadets and a leader for a CFB Shilo based scout group.

Smy would groom his victims with porn and gifts and some of the assaults happened during overnight camping trips.

The crimes came to light about 20 years later, in April 2007.

An investigation began when the wife of one of the victims reported to Brandon police that her husband had revealed that he’d been repeatedly sexually assaulted as a youth by his air cadet leader.

Two more victims were found during a lengthy investigation by Brandon police, and Smy was arrested in Sarnia, Ont., in October 2009.

Also on Thursday, Smy was sentenced to another year in prison for failing to appear in court and passport offences. That brought his prison sentence to a total of six years.

Those charges were laid after Smy led police on an international manhunt.

He’d been released on bail and was supposedly living in Ontario when he failed to appear in court on July 15, 2010

However, by that point he’d already fled Canada and was ultimately arrested in Spain on April 30, 2012, and brought back to Canada to answer to the charges.

His capture was the result of a joint effort between the Brandon Police Service, the Manitoba Integrated Warrant Apprehension Unit and international police.

During sentencing, Fazenda, Combs and defence lawyer Bob Harrison frequently noted the parallels with the Graham James case.

 

— Brandon Sun

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