Screen grabs from a videotaped interrogation of Kevin Gregson as he is questioned by Det. Tim Hodgins in a three-hour interview on Dec. 29, 2009.
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During the trial, the now-13-year-old girl said Gregson raped her four times on two separate days. The rapes happened days prior to the night of Dec. 29, 2009, when Gregson fatally stabbed Const. Eric Czapnik, 51, outside the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital.
Judge Julianne Parfett handed down the guilty verdict Wednesday morning on four counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm.
She sentenced him to 10 years in prison, although the sentence will run concurrently with the life sentence he's serving for Czapnik's murder.
The young girl filed a victim impact statement, which was read by a police officer who held the girl in her arms.
Faced with her tormentor who sat motionless and impassive in the prisoner's box, she offered him forgiveness.
Forgiveness - if he would only apologize.
"Saying sorry is always hard," her statemen said. "But forgiving is harder. Jesus had people who betrayed him, tortured him, defied him, hurt him and in the end - killed him."
"But he always forgave them. Each and everyone of them.
"I am going to take an example from Jesus and forgive Kevin what he has done to me...I will forgive him for all the trauma and hurt...and changes this has done to me.
"This has made me a stronger person, even though it was hard.
"So I will give the chance of forgiveness if you just say sorry, Kevin.
"It doesn't have to be now, and it doesn't have to be directly to me.
"You can even say it just to yourself, Kevin, but remember - I will forgive."
Gregson shrugged when Parfett offered him a chance to speak, mumbled "sure," and stood.
"I didn't kill Eric Czapnik," he said. "I didn't murder him. I dreamed when I was 20 that this is going to happen to me."
That was all he said before he was led out of the courtroom, to begin the first day of the rest of his life as a convicted child-rapist.