Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Judge throws youth in jail

Sex offender removed from treatment facility

  • Print

A Manitoba judge has taken the surprising step of removing a teen sex offender from a treatment facility and returning him to jail to serve a sentence for his role in the gang rape of a young woman in a "dysfunctional" northern community.

The teen, 17, was ordered Wednesday to jail, where he'll be held in secure custody for the next eight months after previously pleading guilty to sexual assault and sexual interference. It's possible he could be held for up to a year.

The first-offender had been living and doing "reasonably well" at a specialized treatment facility since being granted bail a few months after his July 2012 arrest, court heard.

The Free Press cannot identify the youth or the remote northeast Manitoba First Nation where the crimes took place to protect the identity of his victim.

Provincial court Judge Dale Schille said he recognized returning the cognitively disabled offender to jail may be "counterproductive" to his chances at rehabilitation but said the nature of his attacks cried out for a measure of punishment beyond a sentence of time served.

He and a co-accused brutally attacked a young woman at random as she walked home early in the morning. The event left her dealing with "catastrophic" psychological problems, Schille said.

The offender was drunk on "bean juice" (moonshine made from fermented yeast) and formed a plan to sexually assault a female, Crown attorney Monique Cam said.

He and the co-accused pushed her down from behind and took turns seriously sexually assaulting her for as long as 30 minutes while holding her down. In a "demeaning and degrading" fashion, they covered her mouth, attacked her and then left her in the bush, court heard.

"His actions were planned, wilful and deliberate... he admitted he was looking to target someone," said Cam, who added the additional time in jail was necessary to satisfy "societal values" that the youth be held accountable.

Three days before the gang rape, the two youths accosted a randomly targeted 11-year-old girl and took turns molesting her. The assault was only stopped when the co-accused was injured by the girl as she resisted.

The rape victim wept for two weeks straight after her ordeal, Cam said. The woman asked that her attackers not be allowed to return to the community should they attack someone else, court heard.

The offender lives with several serious cognitive disabilities after being subjected to "significant" alcohol exposure in the womb, defence lawyer Dave Phillips said. At age 10, he was sexually abused, possibly setting in motion a cycle of abuse, Phillips added.

Growing up in a disadvantaged community plagued with substance abuse issues, his father essentially drank himself to death, Schille heard. It wasn't until he was arrested at age 16 that he was offered any sort of stable or suitable environment to live in after Child and Family Services apprehended him.

After he's released, he'll serve two years on probation. His CFS worker told court the offender's been qualified to receive government funding for special-needs and high-risk adults as he'll be 18 soon.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2014 A14

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Winnipeg Cheapskate: Kids' birthday parties

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A young goose gobbles up grass at Fort Whyte Alive Monday morning- Young goslings are starting to show the markings of a adult geese-See Bryksa 30 day goose challenge- Day 20– June 11, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Winnipeg’s best friend the dragon fly takes a break at English Gardens in Assiniboine Park Wednesday- A dragon fly can eat  food equal to its own weight in 30 minutes-Standup photo- June 13, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


Do you plan on attending the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google