TORONTO - A sexual deviant who once tried to rape a nun was declared a dangerous offender and jailed indefinitely Friday, a Superior Court judge ruled.
Madam Justice Bonnie Croll said Dennis Lewis will continue to be a "moderately high risk to re-offend" in 20 years because of his "sexual deviance, his persistent offending and his level of psychopathy."
She based her opinion on the psychiatric assessment conducted by Dr. Lisa Ramshaw, who refuted the defence suggestion that the 41-year-old sex offender's risk to re-offend would be curbed by his aging.
"I accept the evidence of Dr. Ramshaw that (due to) Lewis' psychopathy, his anti-social personality disorder, his sexual deviance, his substance abuse and personality structure, he will pose a risk to all women even after he passes his 60th birthday," said Croll.
She agreed with Crown attorney Cidalia Faria that Lewis is a malingerer.
Faria cited two glaring examples of Lewis' malingering in the past few years. Once he feigned unconsciousness, but "then popped up" when an oxygen tank was accidently overturned, Faria said.
In the second instance, Lewis pretended to be catatonic but reacted normally when an unexpected noise occurred, Faria added.
"None of this (malingering) requires sophistication or planning or pulling the wool over anyone's eyes," she noted.
Lewis, an impulsive, impoverished, lonely man, had two alcoholic parents and was raised in a violent home, court heard. He was shuttled through 33 foster homes in his childhood and began abusing substances at an early age and still battles those addictions today.
Lewis, who was convicted of sexual assault and forcible confinement in 2009, has compiled 30 convictions including one for attempting to rape a 60-year-old nun in 1992 in Lennox Island, P.E.I. He has sexually assaulted eight women.
Instead of receiving a fixed sentence for the 2009 conviction, the prosecution opted to seek a dangerous offender designation against him.
Lewis' lawyer Ari Goldkind sought a long-term supervision order after his client served an additional 10 years in jail.
Croll disagreed with Goldkind that Lewis could be controlled by taking sex-drive reducing drugs.
There's no evidence that Lewis would take the medication or that it could effectively control him, said Croll.
The judge's decision shows she "clearly accepted Dr. Ramshaw's assessment and concluded that he's too dangerous to be supervised in the community," said Faria.