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Deal tossed for man who raped teen

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A judge has rejected a sentencing deal for a man who raped his teenage girlfriend in a Winnipeg schoolyard and then let another man do the same to her while he filmed it on his smartphone.

The two-year sentence, one jointly recommended for Gerald Anderson by Crown and defence lawyers, would bring the administration of justice into disrepute, Judge Rocky Pollack ruled Wednesday.

Pollack instead hiked Anderson's sentence by a year, meaning Anderson must spend the next two years behind bars instead of one after his time spent in remand was factored in.

Anderson, 27, and Samual Gott, 20, each pleaded guilty in May to sexual assault in connection with the attack on the 17-year-old victim.

Anderson and the victim were out partying and drinking together early on May 26, 2013, court previously heard.

After leaving a North End home, Anderson raped the heavily intoxicated girl at a play structure at a school on Powers Street.

Witnesses watching from a nearby apartment block called 911.

As police were on their way, Gott walked up on the scene out of nowhere.

Anderson responded by tossing Gott a condom. Gott raped the victim without using it.

Police arrived and arrested both men in the vicinity.

They recovered a cellphone from Anderson and discovered a 16-second-long video clip of the assault on it.

Pollack described it as a "trophy video" that demonstrated Anderson's "callous disrespect" for the victim.

Prosecutors previously disclosed they were compelled to offer plea deals to the men with low-end sentence recommendations when the victim and other witnesses didn't turn up to testify at a May preliminary hearing for the men.

Anderson's sentencing turned unusual after court was presented with a letter the victim sent to his defence lawyer days after the assault signalling her continued support for him.

She was unco-operative with the prosecution, the Crown said.

The assault "changed my life for the best," she wrote, saying the event got her into therapy.

Pollack placed Anderson on probation for three years after his sentence ends.

Gott, who lives in Gods Lake Narrows, will be sentenced later this year.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 10, 2014 B4

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