TORONTO -- An Iranian man convicted of molesting three women has lost his bid for refugee status and will be deported to the United States where the crimes occurred.
The man, who has not been identified by an Immigration and Refugee Board, filed a claim at the Canadian border with his wife and their two children, who were accepted.
The husband was found guilty in absentia of three counts of sexual battery in Virginia, where the family had been living.
"He admitted to having touched, grabbed and kissed three women," the board said in a recent decision. "The panel found that the claimant was in a position of authority and trust.
"He acted in a pre-meditated, predatory and serial manner and knowingly violated the physical and sexual integrity of three women," the decision noted. "He used deception, manipulation and force."
A board member in the case said "the country of refuge can protect its own people by closing its borders to criminals whom it regards as undesirable."
The man's wife and daughter, who were allowed to stay, are political activists who took part in anti-Iranian government protests in Tehran and Toronto, according to the board.