Winnipeg man jailed for sexually assaulting daughter
The Winnipeg Sun

November 7, 2007 

A Winnipeg Beach man convicted for the second time of sexually assaulting one of his children has been sentenced to two years in jail.

The 55-year-old man pleaded guilty to repeatedly assaulting his daughter for a period of 15 months beginning when she was 10 years old.

"A violation of this nature is usually devastating and has life-long consequences for the victim," Justice Colleen Suche told the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim.

In 1980, the man was convicted of indecently assaulting his eight-year-old stepson. Court did not hear what sentence the man received.

In the most recent case, the man repeatedly fondled his daughter as they lay in bed together. Court heard the man, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, would routinely complain about his "sore back" before slipping into his daughter's bed.

"He used his medical condition as a means and an opportunity to take advantage of his daughter," said Crown attorney Cindy Sholdice, who urged Suche to sentence the man to at least four years in prison.

The assaults only stopped when the girl reported them to an adult and police were called in the fall of 2003.

At one point following his arrest, the man blamed his actions on his MS medication

"I've lost my faith in doctors and medication," he said in an address to court.

"I can't imagine what my children must think of me."

Sholdice said the man has made no effort to seek medical treatment or rehabilitate himself in the four years since his arrest.

"It appears that all he has done is sat at home smoking marijuana feeling sorry for himself," she said.