John Francis Dionne, sits in the rear of a Calgary Police Service cruiser before being escorted into the Arrest Processing Section in downtown Calgary early Saturday February 26, 2011.
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Provincial court Judge Allan Fradsham also ordered Dionne to be supervised in the community for 10 years following his jail time on charges of abduction and impersonating a police officer.
Dionne -- who agreed he meets the criteria for a dangerous offender label -- had earlier admitted to approaching a 10-year-old child at Deerfoot Mall on Feb. 24, 2011.
He told the girl he was a police officer, was arresting her for shoplifting and she needed to go with him to answer some questions at his office.
Despite the victim's protestations that she had to tell her father, Dionne led her from the mall into the parking lot where he forced her into his van.
He ordered her to put on her seatbelt and, terrified to refuse, she complied.
He then drove north outside the city.
An RCMP officer spotted the vehicle and pulled it over for speeding, but Dionne warned the girl to say nothing and she complied.
After getting his ticket, Dionne promised he was going to drop his victim off and turned around to return to Airdrie, north of Calgary, where he left her at a McDonald's restaurant.
Defence counsel Allan Fay had argued a seven-year prison term, followed by the agreed upon 10-year community supervision order, would be adequate punishment.
Fay said while Dionne may be broken, he is not beyond fixing.
Crown prosecutor Gord Haight was seeking a sentence of up to 11 years.