Day parole for ex-DDO hockey coach convicted of child sex crimes

A 40-year-old Pierrefonds man who was sent to prison over two years ago for luring teenaged girls online and sexually assaulting some of them, has been granted day parole until his statutory release.

Eric Baladi received a five year sentence in 2011 after pleading guilty to charges of luring, sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and pimping in connection with 10 girls aged between 13 and 17, the crimes dating back to July 2009. The first victim was in Valleyfield, the rest in Montreal. Baladi admitted to sexually assaulting three of the girls.

At the time, Baladi was a pee wee hockey coach in DDO, but none of his players were victims. The judge banned him from any job or volunteer position involving minors. Baladi was also placed on the National Sex Offenders Registry.

The crown had said that what helped in Baladi's favour in the common sentencing suggestion is that he took it upon himself to seek counselling.

And it appears his cooperative nature has prompted parole officials to give him day parole until his statutory release with several conditions.

In their eight page report, officials say Baladi's risk of re-offending is low and is not an unacceptable risk for society. They cite his cooperative nature since the start of his sentence, his understanding of his sexual deviancy and his willingness and positive efforts to participate in his rehabilitation. They point to his professional habits and his solid support network. Officials say Baladi has expressed remorse for his crimes and his victims.

Officials, however, say full parole would be premature in his case.

Baladi must abide by several conditions while he is out on day parole: having to stay in a halfway house specialized in sexual delinquincy; not contacting his victims; not being in a place where children can be found such as parks and schools unless accompanied by an authorized adult; informing his parole officer about any women he's dating; and not being allowed to use the internet unless authorized for work or by his parole officer.

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