2012 BCCA 19

In 2012 BCCA 19, Mr. C appealed his conviction of sexual assault, sexually touching a person under the age of 16, and invitation to sexual touching.

Mr. C sexually abused the complainant, Mr. W, when Mr. W was between the ages of 9 and 16 years old. Mr. C was babysitting Mr. W when the abuse began, he later lived with Mr. W and his mother, where he had access to Mr. W.

Mr. C showed Mr. W online pornography and they watched and played sexual computer games together. Mr. C also took sexual videos and photos of Mr. W. The offences came to light when Mr. W attempted suicide and later disclosed the abuse while under psychiatric care. Mr. C de-nied the abuse, but emails between Mr. C and Mr. W corroborated Mr. W’s complaints.

On appeal, the court noted that there were minor discrepancies in Mr. W’s testimony but not enough to substantially damage his credibility. Mr. C’s appeal was dismissed.

Also see: 2010 BCSC 1012 (Bail).


Criminal Offence(s): Child Pornography Offences