Newspaper article The Canadian Press

London, Ont., Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison in Beating of 12-Year-Old Boy

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

London, Ont., Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison in Beating of 12-Year-Old Boy

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Man gets 20 years in autistic boy's beating

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LONDON, Ont. - A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the savage beating of a 12-year-old autistic boy at the London, Ont., facility where he worked.

The sentence was handed down Tuesday to Greg Simard, 25, at the London courthouse.

Simard had pleaded guilty earlier this year to four charges including attempted murder in connection to the vicious assault outside the Child and Parent Resource Institute in London in September 2012.

The Crown had asked for a life sentence, while Simard's lawyer suggested a prison term of six to 10 years.

Simard, who was a contract employee at the institute, admitted he led the boy with severe autism away from his room at the facility and into a wooded area where he brutally beat him until he thought he was dead.

The child would go on to spend almost 200 days in hospital receiving treatment for permanent brain damage and other severe injuries.

Earlier in the case, Justice Jeanine Leroy ruled Simard criminally responsible for the savage assault despite a mental disorder of some kind. …

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