Elderly man going to jail for molesting granddaughter

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Dean Pritchard, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:39 AM ET

An 82-year-old Manitoba man has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison after admitting to repeatedly sexually abusing his dead son's daughter.

The man, who cannot be identified by name, abused the girl for four years, beginning when he was 77 and the girl was 10.

"Instead of providing protection, security and guidance," the man "stole the remainder of her childhood and abused her physically and emotionally," said Judge Mary Curtis. "He knew what he was doing was wrong. His actions were solely for his personal sexual satisfaction."

The frail accused covered his face with his hands and cried as Curtis reviewed the facts of the case.

The assaults occurred on a Hutterite colony where the accused lived and provided massage services.

Court heard the victim visited the colony regularly after her father died in 2008 and would stay with her grandfather and other relatives.


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