BY TONY BLAIS
However, David Spencer Adams, 22, was given credit for having already served half of the sentence as a result of abusive treatment he received at the hands of both guards and fellow inmates at the Edmonton Remand Centre, Alberta, Canada
Adams was sentenced Nov. 14, but the judge did not provide any reasons at that time. A written decision including those reasons was released Sunday night.
Adams pleaded guilty to multiple charges involving more than a dozen victims ranging in age from 13 to 15, for offences including Internet luring, sexual interference, criminal harassment, uttering threats and distribution of child pornography.
Behaviour continued while on bail
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Terry Clackson ruled it was an aggravating factor that there were numerous victims and Adams' criminal conduct continued over about two years, including while on bail.
"In all cases where he was successful in having sexual intercourse with a victim, it was as a result of first, befriending the victim on social media and then taking advantage of that victim's youth, insecurities and anxieties," said Clackson. "He manipulated the victims to his advantage."
And while the judge found Adams' age suggests there is hope he can be rehabilitated, he noted he is currently classified as posing a "very high risk" of re-offending sexually.
Adams was also placed on the national sex offenders registry for life.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Adams used social media and internet chat sites to meet and then lure young women into having sex with him. He also used compromising photographs to continue a sexual relationship with one of the victims.
Clackson also noted that Adams' internet luring convictions demonstrate his "manipulative behaviour and the length (he) was prepared to go to convince those vulnerable young women to have sex with him."
Oh no! Name-calling!
Clackson sentenced Adams to 12 years and three months, but then knocked off six years for the 20 months he spent in pre-trial custody and the breaches of his constitutional rights.
Clackson found Adams was treated badly by remand centre guards, including being beaten up by at least one officer and being referred to as a "skinner," which is a derogatory prison term for a sex offender.
Oh, good grief, no! They called him names! They should be hanged! Bring back the death penalty, name-calling cannot be tolerated! It's a wonder the man survived! ERC needs a 'safe-room' where perverts and child-molesters can go with no fear of being called names. Arrrrrgh!
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"These notions are ridiculous and wrong and the leaders of our institutions need to do everything in their power to eradicate this reprehensible attitude and the behaviours it encourages," he said.
Clackson also found that Adams was assaulted by other inmates and while he did not accept his allegations that these attacks were orchestrated by the guards, he did find the guards on duty at the time were not "particularly diligent" in ensuring they did not occur.
"In all those circumstances, it is clear that the treatment of the accused was both unusual and cruel," said Clackson.
The treatment of the victims was not exactly stellar. They get to deal with a man who will be paroled in a couple years while they are still teenagers. Better justice for criminals than victims in this country.