Photographer Roland Lachance sentenced to four years in prison

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Photographer Roland Lachance sentenced to four years in prison

Roland Lachance took the time to speak to the media before receiving his sentence, continuing to assert that he had nothing to be ashamed of.

The man known as Roland from Quebec showed up at the courthouse convinced that he would return home after his sentence was pronounced. He thought that at 90 he would benefit from a sentence in the community.

Roland Lachance, also nicknamed the photographer of the stars, however took the path of prison, after being imposed four years in prison by judge Thomas Jacques.

These are serious attacks on the integrity physical, psychological and sexual of a teenager, underlined the magistrate.

In the early 90s, Lachance hired Martin Chouinard as an assistant, in addition to promising him a modeling career.

Working with photographer Roland Lachance, Martin Chouinard was able to meet several stars, including Celine Dion.

For about two years, Martin Chouinard found himself among big stars like Celine Dion and Claude Barzotti, but had to meet the photographer's sexual demands on several occasions.

The accused woven his web little by little, judge Jacques noted about the victim who came from a modest family.

The judge noted that Lachance does not feel no remorse or regret and showed no empathy for his victim.

In front of journalists, the nonagenarian continued to proclaim his innocence before entering the courtroom.

Judge Thomas Jacques, while he was prosecutor for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (archives).

The judge insisted on several aggravating factors, and case law, to impose the four-year sentence sought by the prosecution.

The defense had suggested imposing a sentence of less of two years, to be served in the community.

But the judge retained only one factor favorable to Roland Lachance, namely the low risk of recidivism in because of his age.

On the other hand, the magistrate insisted on the need to denounce this type of crime by sending a clear message to the population.

Michel Bérubé, attorney for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions

Attorney for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions believes that the sentence imposed shows that justice can be served, even with crimes committed in an earlier era.

“The idea that we are in a system that after 30 years, we can report a crime. And that her attacker is 90 years old and could get a 4-year prison sentence, there's something reassuring about that. »

— Me Michel Bérubé, attorney for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions

As the judge did during the hearing, the attorney greeted the merit of the victim who has found the courage to denounce his attacker.

When Judge Jacques handed down the four-year sentence, Martin Chouinard heaved a long sigh, closing his eyes in satisfaction.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Martin Chouinard left the courtroom satisfied.

After the doubts, he is now relieved to have filed a complaint with the police.

Without that, I think I would have stayed in my glass prison, all my life. The process that I did, I can't say it was easy, it was even difficult, but so beneficial today. I'm just happy, released, said Mr. Chouinard leaving the courtroom.

Roland Lachance is awaiting another sentence for actions he committed against another teenager in the 1970s.

This case will return to court in the coming weeks.

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