Child sex abuser free pending appeal
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."
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