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Father who severely sexually assaulted daughters declared dangerous offender

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A Winnipeg father who subjected his daughters to years of sadistic sexual abuse has been declared a dangerous offender and sentenced to an indefinite prison term.

The man, 49, cannot be identified and most details of the crimes he committed against the girls starting around the time they were nine and 11-years-old cannot be published due to their graphic nature.

He pleaded guilty to several offences, including sexual assault, making child pornography and invitation to sexual touching in September 2012. His admission of guilt set the stage for the Crown's request that he be declared a dangerous offender.

A "D.O." designation in Canada is rare and shifts the onus the offender to prove to corrections officials he's worked in prison to significantly reduce the public risk he poses.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Brenda Keyser found there was no "reasonable possibility" at this point in time his risk could eventually be controlled in the community.

The case broke open in August 2011 after one of the girls went to RCMP to disclose what her father had done to her. "It is apparent (she) blocked out much of the suffered abuse," Keyser wrote in a 28-page decision handed down this afternoon.

Winnipeg police then interviewed the other victim and moved to search the man's home, in which they uncovered the largest collection of child pornography ever seen in Manitoba.

"The collection was so massive that there was difficulty in categorizing and cataloging all of it," Keyser said. More than 127,000 child pornography images were found, including more than 2,600 relating to the victims.

Other evidence was also uncovered confirming the victims' accounts.

The Crown played portions of the seized video evidence at a hearing closed to the public last year. In one of them, the father talks about getting angry at the victims, telling them: "'I'm not trying to rape you, I'm trying to make love to you,'" according to Keyser's decision.

"'That's why I take my anger out on you guys," he told them. "Being alone too doesn't help and it bottles up. Then you come over and it triggers and you get it all,'" he's quoted as saying.

The man was arrested at work and police learned from supervisors that the man was "a loner, who seemed a bit weird, was very moody and had a temper," said Keyser.

In 1994, the father pleaded guilty to molesting a young boy, the son of his then-common-law partner and was handed three years of probation. The abuse he inflicted on that child mirrors, but in a much smaller way, what he did to the girls.

Victim impact statements Keyser was shown of all three victims "demonstrate the extreme amount of damage inflicted on them," she said.

One of the girls is "an absolute emotional mess," Keyser said.

"It will take years for her to have normal relationships, if that ever occurs," the judge stated.

The Crown called an expert in paediatric forensics to provide Keyser with information on the long-term impact of the abuse the victims endured.

Dr. Sharon Cooper opined that kids subjected to years of "sadistic sexual abuse" (also seen as a form of "child torture," Keyser said) may end up with increased odds of chronic ill health and early death, a loss of faith and spiritual hope and a "lifetime" of psychological and emotional dysfunction.

"Dr. Cooper concluded the the cost of medical and mental health care for child sexual abuse victims rises typically to over $500,000 over a lifetime," Keyser wrote.

A forensic psychiatrist commissioned by the court to interview the offender found he had no "specific personality disorders," but has "abundant sexual deviancy" and is a pedophile and sexual sadist.

Dr. Shabehram Lohrasbe "expressed concern over the likelihood of (the father) expanding his pool of victims in the future because of his thoughts and fantasies involving children outside his family," Keyser stated.

"The most troublesome potential scenario for the foreseeable future was that the roles power, control, pain, suffering and torture might escalate with future victims," Keyser said of Lohrasbe's findings.

Sexual offender counselling — something the father went through after he abused the boy in the early 1990s — may only increase, not reduce his risk down the road, the doctor suggested.

"Dr. Lohrasbe had concern that treatment (for him) might be worse than useless and that it might, in fact, actually enhance his risk for violence," Keyser said of the doctor's evidence.

Keyser ultimately accepted Lohrasbe's conclusion that the man's risk is too grave to be released.

"(He) will still be able to apply for parole in the future, and if he does serious work in treatment then the assessment of his ongoing risk may change," Keyser stated.

The man showed no emotion as he learned his fate.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

 

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