August 28, 2012
Dad jailed for abusing daughter on film
By Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - An Edmonton dad was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing his young daughter on film and distributing it online.
The 38-year-old man -- who cannot be named under a court-ordered publication ban protecting the identity of his children -- admitted to owning, making and distributing child pornography of his children.
In her decision Tuesday, Justice Elizabeth Johnson wrote that the man’s crimes have had a devastating effect on the family, not just emotionally but financially.
“The offender chose his seven-year-old daughter as his sexual plaything,” wrote Johnson.
“The offender chose the youngest and consequently most vulnerable and voiceless member of his family as the target of his assaultive behavior.”
The man admitted to sexually abusing his now seven-year-old daughter from the time she was in diapers as well as secretly filming his other two daughters, 13 and 18, while in the shower.
The man then posted the videos and photos online and shared them with other perverts in international chat rooms, which Johnson wrote “smacks of voyeurism.”
Several of the assaults took place in the family’s home, the court heard, and the children’s mother was unaware of the assaults. Johnson wrote that the mother’s victim impact statements were “dignified and heartbreaking.”
Court heard that the little girl eventually told police her father had repeatedly sexually abused her while her mother was out or at work.
After the man was arrested, the girl told a female detective that “nothing has happened since her dad left and that makes her happy.”
The sex offender was apprehended last September after the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s northern Internet Child Exploitation unit received a tip from police in Italy.
The man is guilty of one count of unlawful sexual touching of a person under 16, four counts of making child pornography, and one count each of accessing, distributing and possessing child pornography.
--With files from Tony Blais