Child sex abuser free pending appeal

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 12/11/2012 4:29:00 PM

CJAD 800 News has learned that convicted child molestor William Parsons has won his appeal and will get out on bail while appealing the guilty verdict.

Parsons was sentenced November 22 to three years behind bars for sexually abusing three little girls at his late wife's DDO daycare.

His lawyer had argued that detention is not necessary in this case and the public would not lose trust in the justice system because of the particular circumstances: Parsons is elderly and in poor health, which could be worsened by being imprisoned.

But the crown strongly disagreed, arguing it would be against public interest and the public would lose confidence in the justice system.

In a four page ruling, Quebec Court of Appeal Judge Jacques Fournier said the public's interest would not be served by Parson's immediate detention since he's been free on bail all during his trial, he respected his bail conditions then, and he is not expected to repeat his offences.

Fournier said neither the horror of the crimes committed nor the strong disapproval of the public should deprive Parsons from seeking bail while appealing.

Fournier said that releasing Parsons on bail under strict conditions would not undermine the public trust in the justice system.

But for the parent of one of the victims, the judge's ruling is infuriating.

"I'm really, really disappointed in the system," she told CJAD News. She said they live two doors away from Parsons and her daughter dreads even going to the corner store, scared she'd meet up with her abuser.

"What happens to the victims, why are the victims always having to hide, always having to be scared and the criminals always go free? They always get what they want. He was found guilty on all six charges, he was sentenced to three years," she said.

"He should pay the price and he should be behind bars."

Parsons has to abide by a number of bail conditions: to stay away from public places where minors would be present such as parks, daycares and schools; to stay away from any job that would involve coming into contact with minors; to avoid having any communication with minors; to report to police every second Monday; not to change address or leave the province without permission of the court; and to keep the peace.

This doesn't reassure the victim's mother.

"The system always thinks that they're doing in the best interest of the victims but they're not. They're letting us down."

Photo: La Presse

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  1. ron posted on 12/11/2012 06:13 PM
    we all knew he was going to be released before the judge ruled on it, I guess the danger to society is the judgement.
  2. Susan posted on 12/11/2012 06:19 PM
    Are we supposed to care that this pedophile predator is old and in poor health and prison would be hard on him? Good grief! Throw the bum in prison, throw away the key and let nature take its course! GRRrrrrrrrr
  3. John Doe posted on 12/11/2012 09:40 PM
    Everyone is so quick on passing judgement. First of all, the media paints the picture. None of those children live within the vacinity of Mr. Parsons residence. The man maintains his innocence and there is no concrete evidence proving that he actually did it. Children lie all the time, parents are quick to jump to conclusions and misinterpret what the child is trying to say. How many innocent people have been wrongfully convicted and have served time for a crime they didn't commit? The media acts as a judge, a jury and a executioner. What if he really didn't do it? There is so many inconsistency in this case that the public is not aware of. Like any news out there, the media controls what you see, what you think and you poor fools fall for it.
    1. C Flynn posted on 12/12/2012 07:13 AM
      @John Doe None of the abused children live in the vicinity, but other children do.
      Of course the man is going to maintain is innocence, he's going to admit it that he molested three little girls??
      This pos was not convicted based on what the parents interpreted about what their kids said. Do you have any idea what kids who've been sexually molested go through? They don't just tell their parents and then all of a sudden the guy gets convicted. There is a whole process involved.
      Little kids, really little kids do not lie. And this scumbag will find a way to touch another little girl.

      Your ignorance and victim blaming is really disheartening and disgusting.
    2. Michael posted on 12/12/2012 07:49 AM
      @John Doe Quick to pass judgement?? Hey buddy, if your children were in his wife's care would you be singing the same tune I wonder? By the way, YES most children are in the vacinity. One of which is my neice. Watch what you say and stop pinning the blame on CHILDREN. He took advantage of his positioon, he ABUSED those children and now he is out. SHAME on the Judge that allowed that to happen especially right before the holidays. My neice and the other 5 children ABUSED will spend their Christmas hiding behind their closed door so they don't come face to face with this monster. We are not "poor fools" SIR or MADAME. YOU and that idiotic judge are POOR FOOLS for allowing such a horrible person out to abuse again.
  4. ron posted on 12/12/2012 08:13 AM
    This guy was found guilty not by the media, but by a court of law , he does have the right to appeal his case, and has been given it. because he is in ill health and is an older man to me is not a good enough reason to have him in the public domain. better safe than sorry. I was molested for 4 years by an elderly man he was over 65 retired and everyone thought he was a great guy. he was your typical nice guy neighbour. Just because the children who accused him do not live close to him to me is irrelevant. The point is the system is leaving the door open for the act to occur again.Better a poor fool than a child living through the affects of child abuse. your thinking is destorted in another way also, the midea is not taking over the world.
  5. Nat posted on 12/12/2012 09:08 AM
    Viva the justice system, yet again!! WTF - how could he even have a "defence lawyer" what type of human being defends such scum? The law states he has rights? Didn't those little girls have rights?? C'mon, show some freakin' balls! When it comes to child abuse of any type, the current laws DO NOT SERVE!! Change them, to the utmost severity and put these sickos away for good - AND, CASTRATE the bastards!!
  6. Grossed out posted on 12/12/2012 06:39 PM
    The public may have passed judgement, but it's the courts that convicted him and they were much more lenient and remain much more lenient than they should have.
    Sad to see that "poor health" can get you out of jail for molesting children. While he's sitting at home for the holidays laughing at the public, the children he molested will probably be having nightmares.
  7. jtf2 posted on 12/12/2012 06:44 PM
    Hay Joe who do you think you are. I'm one of the parents of thoes childern, where do you get the balls on come up on line and run your mouth with out knowing whats going on. How dare you even support some one, no i take that back, Do you have any kids if so I hope you talk to them about ass holes like him and his kine. It is my god given right to protect my off spring by any means necessary. Untill things like him walk this earth I will allways be watching out for people like him. So the next time you talk make sure you know what your talking about PUNK!!!!!!
  8. Really? posted on 12/13/2012 09:23 AM
    All I can say is that our justice system is screwed up, time and time again child molesters and rapists typically get off with a slap on the wrist.

    But if you hack a phone or computer you get up to 100 years!!! What the hell is that! I think if he is going to be released on probation instead of jail time then I say they should tattoo "I am a Pedophile" on his forhead so when he goes out in public everyone knows I would even go as far as putting a flashing sign on his lawn.

    He may be to sickly for jail but he is not too sickly for public shame.
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