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The sentence of the accused was pronounced by the court Friday morning at the Amos courthouse. (Archive photo)

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An abusive stepfather who participated in two sexual assaults while armed and doing reigning a climate of terror among his partner's children was sentenced to 10 years in detention, Friday morning, at the Amos courthouse.

The 43-year-old was found guilty of 9 of 14 charges against him last September. Observations on the sentence took place in November, then Judge Thierry Potvin of the Court of Quebec pronounced his sentence on March 1.

A court order prevents us from releasing the name of the accused in order to protect the identity of the victims who were minors at the time of the alleged events.

The most serious charge relates to two sexual assaults on one of the children in April 2016, when he was 12 years old. The actions were committed by the mother, but the stepfather was present and armed with a knife. He also participated in their planning. After the attacks, he threatened the child with cutting out his tongue or fingers if he spoke.

The other charges relate to assaults committed against three of the children, some with an Airsoft type weapon, kidnapping during which one of the victims was locked up for a long period and sexual assault while he voluntarily touched the breast of the same victim. The events took place in 2016 and 2017, at the family home, in Abitibi-Ouest.

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A final charge involves threatening to kill or inflict bodily harm on her ex -spouse during police interrogation, May 2022.

Judge Potvin moved away from the sentence of six and a half years requested by the defense, represented by Mr. Daniel Brière-Desfossés, to move closer to the suggestion of 12 years from Mr. Alexandre Binet, of the public prosecutor. He noted the extreme seriousness of the actions and the fact that armed sexual assault is punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a minimum sentence of five years.

The magistrate retained around ten aggravating factors against the accused, including his position of authority, the number and age of victims, frequency of events, use of a weapon and premeditation of sexual abuse. He noted no mitigating factors. The accused has extensive criminal records, but none for sexual assault.

These children were in a position of total vulnerability, since the accused lived under the same roof. They simply had nowhere to go to protect themselves.

A quote from Judge Thierry Potvin

The mother, in addition to failing to protect her children, participated in the commission of some of the most serious offenses. They could therefore not turn to her for refuge, denounced Judge Potvin.

The accused is detained since May 2022. He therefore has approximately seven years and three months of detention remaining to serve in a federal penitentiary. His DNA will be on file and he must register on the sex offenders register for life. He is prohibited from having contact with his ex-partner's children for the duration of his sentence and cannot possess firearms for 10 years.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The ex-wife has still not stood trial in this case.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116