Judge weighs fate of convicted daycare molestor
The crown is seeking a four year sentence for a 71-year-old man convicted earlier this year of sexually molesting little girls at his late wife's home daycare in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
A sentencing hearing was held at the Montreal courthouse today for William Parsons who was found guilty last January of sexual touching and invitation to sexual touching involving three girls aged 3-6 between January 2007 and April 2008.
Crown prosecutor Amélie Rivard argued in favor of a four year sentence citing the seriousness of the crimes, the age and number of victims, the number of times the crimes were committed, and the breach of trust between Parsons and the parents as well as the children who loved him like a grandpa. Rivard also submitted victim impact statements from the parents indicating the physical and psychological impact on the children, some of whom had to undergo therapy. Rivard also pointed to a pre-sentencing report which says Parsons showed no remorse and blamed the victims and their parents.
Parsons' lawyer, Gunar Dubé is asking for a one year sentence, citing his client's advanced age, poor health and lack of sex-related priors. Parsons has denied he did anything wrong and is appealing the conviction.
Parsons was accompanied by family members in court while the parents of the victims were also present.
Quebec Court Judge Gilles Cadieux renders his sentence in late November.