Man pleads guilty to incest

A trial date will be set this week in Yukon territorial court for a 45-year-old man who has pleaded guilty to incest. The man, whose name and information cannot be printed to protect the victims, is facing 22 charges.

A trial date will be set this week in Yukon territorial court for a 45-year-old man who has pleaded guilty to incest.

The man, whose name and information cannot be printed to protect the victims, is facing 22 charges. He pleaded guilty to seven of them, including incest, assault, corrupting the morals of minors, careless storage of firearms and forcible confinement. The trial will decide the man’s guilt or innocence of the other 15 charges, which include producing and possessing child pornography, assault with a weapon, sexual assault and wanton disregard for the life or safety of a minor.

In 2007, the man took his three daughters, all under the age of 18, to a cabin 150 kilometres north of the nearest community.

He cut off all communication to any extended family and repeatedly assaulted and engaged in various forms of sexual activity with his eldest daughter.

He discussed these activities with his younger daughters, leading them to believe it is correct and, for some, sanctioned by God, the pre-sentence report said.

“She was making me fall in love with her,” the accused said of his oldest daughter in his early confessions.

He had an uncontrollable anger towards her, he said, adding he believed she had power over him.

He hoped “he could beat the evil out of (her),” the report quoted.

Throughout the three years, the man is also accused of abusing his eldest daughter to produce pornographic videos.

Her attempts to destroy the videos would lead to beatings.

Some of the abuse is alleged to have happened with weapons, like a wooden board, the court documents stated.

“No pain or expense is too great if it teaches us to be free of sin and gets us eventually into heaven,” the man is quoted as telling his daughter while burning himself repeatedly.

In December of 2010, the man’s wife reported him to the police and he was arrested.

In February 2011, the court ordered him to have no contact with his wife or daughters, which he broke repeatedly.

He has pleaded guilty to breaching that order.

The prosecution claims he fails to recognize the damages and significant stress he has caused for his children and wife.

During his confession, he stated if his wife did not report him, he felt things would probably have continued the way they were, the court file said.

The maximum sentence for incest is 14 years. Forcible confinement can get a maximum of 10 years and his other charges could have maximum sentences ranging from two to five years.

In July, the prosecution applied for an eight-year sentence.

His confession demonstrated a lack of true remorse and the existence of serious psychological problems, and there are also hints of sexually problematic behaviour throughout his own childhood, the court file stated.

There is a likelihood the accused has caused psychological harm to the victims, who have expressed the desire to forgive him and move on with their lives, but don’t want anything more to do with him, the file said.

A hearing to set the trial date will be held on Friday.

Contact Roxanne Stasyszyn at

roxannes@yukon-news.com

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