He was known as the "cool guy," the guy who could do hundreds of pushups, the guy who would let you play games on his computer.
But really, Iain Kenneth George Smy was a sexual predator who lured boys to fulfil his "twisted" desires.
"The Crown says that he used trickery and bribery... to lure young boys to do his bidding," Crown attorney Nancy Fazenda said in Brandon provincial court on Thursday as 51-year-old Smy was sentenced for numerous sexual assaults against three boys between January 1984 and November 1988.
The assaults involved Smy touching and performing sex acts on the boys and getting them to perform sex acts on him.
At the time, he was a member of the Armed Forces based at CFB Shilo, a boy scout leader at the base and a volunteer instructor with the Brandon air cadet squadron.
His victims were members of those groups and some of the assaults were committed during overnight camping trips.
As a cadet leader, Smy would be the only adult supervisor for overnight weekend events with six to 10 cadets in his care.
Smy was eventually removed from his role with the air cadets for taking them on unauthorized camp-outs.
"Mr. Smy has brought shame to these titles by his actions in using his position as a leader... to access vulnerable individuals to satiate his own twisted desires," Fazenda said as she described Smy's crimes.
One victim described Smy as charismatic, while another called him a "skilled manipulator."
He could play the drums, do hundreds of pushups, had access to numerous TV channels and had a computer and computer games at a time when they were relatively rare.
He would bribe his young victims with junk food, alcohol, cigarettes and military provisions.
He'd make them feel special by letting them drive his car, by buying them expensive gifts and taking them for meals.
He'd show them military equipment and isolate them by taking them to the rifle range.
But all that attention was intended to lure the victims into a position where they could be abused, Fazenda said.
One boy, an air cadet, was sexually assaulted once every two to three weeks for two years, starting when he was 15.
According to court documents, Smy left the military and Brandon area in late 1988, shortly after the assaults.
Brandon police began an investigation in April 2007 after the wife of one of the victims contacted them.
Smy was initially arrested on the sex-assault charges in October 2009 in Sarnia, Ont., where he lived.
He was granted bail in November 2009 during a court appearance in Brandon, but fled the country in 2010 and missed his court date that year.
He was arrested in Malaga, Spain, in 2012 and returned to Canada in June 2012 to face his charges.
In May of this year, he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault.
During Thursday's sentencing, defence lawyer Bob Harrison said Smy fled the country because he feared that, as a sex offender, he'd be attacked in prison.
During sentencing, Harrison read a letter prepared by Smy. In it, Smy apologizes to the victims and the organizations he betrayed.
"I hope that people will attach blame where it should be... which is with me, not with those organizations," Harrison read on Smy's behalf.
Fazenda and Harrison jointly recommended a sentence of five years in prison for the three sexual-assault counts.
Judge John Combs imposed that sentence and added another year for the bail breach charges, which brought Smy's total prison term to six years.
-- Brandon Sun