Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Evil' B.C. Man Serving Time for Sex Assaults Also Sentenced for Hitting Stepson

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Evil' B.C. Man Serving Time for Sex Assaults Also Sentenced for Hitting Stepson

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B.C. man sentenced for strapping son

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A British Columbia man who was once described by a judge as "evil incarnate" and is already serving a lengthy prison term for sexually assaulting his stepdaughters has been sentenced for strapping his stepson nearly every day for six years.

The man, whose name cannot be published, pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon for hitting his stepson with a ruler and a wooden spoon starting when he was seven and lasting until he was 13.

WARNING: CONTENTS MAY DISTURB SOME READERS.

The stepfather was sentenced in January to 16 years for sexually assaulting the boy's two older sisters, after he forced them to have sex with him, made sexually explicit photos and videos, and forced one of the girls to engage in sexual activity with the family dog.

In the case involving the boy, a transcript of his sentencing hearing, which was posted to the B.C. Supreme Court website Thursday, says the man physically assaulted the boy over a period of time after the year 2000 near Prince George.

The stepfather, who is now 56, had married the children's mother and was living with the family.

"(The stepfather), in what can best be described as a very misguided attempt at discipline, severely strapped (the boy) on the buttocks on an almost daily basis," Judge Kathleen Ker told a sentencing hearing in Prince George last month, according to the transcript.

At first, the stepfather hit the boy over the child's clothing, the judgment says. When the boy turned 12, the man strapped his bare bottom.

Each session involved at least 20 straps, the judgment says, increasing as the boy grew older. Occasionally, he would hit the boy as many as 90 times in one session, the judgment says.

At the time, the children's mother was out of the country, making the stepfather their primary caregiver.

Following the man's guilty plea, the Crown and defence submitted a joint proposal for a one-year sentence, to be served at the same time as his sexual assault sentence. …

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