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Ex-manager of group home off to prison

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THE former assistant manager of a Winnipeg group home has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a young female employee he was training.

Olayemi Fatunmbi was found guilty during a jury trial earlier this year. He was acquitted of a second sexual assault involving another worker.

Fatunmbi returned to court Friday for sentencing. The Crown sought up to four years behind bars while the defence wanted a suspended sentence that would keep him free in the community. Defence lawyer Darren Sawchuk cited his client's lack of criminal record and low risk to re-offend.

During the trial, Fatunmbi testified he did nothing wrong.

Both alleged victims testified they were separately attacked over a four-day span while working the night shift at the home for mentally and physically challenged adults.

Fatunmbi, who was their immediate supervisor on both nights, "began acting in ways that were anything but professional," Crown attorney Rustyn Ullrich told jurors.

"Things turned from disturbing, unprofessional and a nuisance... into criminal acts," he said.

In the first case, Fatunmbi attacked the woman inside an office by groping and fondling her and attempting to have intercourse. In the second alleged incident, which Fatunmbi has been cleared of, he was accused of attempting to force the woman to have sex with him.

The two women didn't immediately go to police but learned of each other's experience before going forward, jurors were told.

-- Mike McIntyre

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 24, 2012 A7

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