Group home supervisor gets three years for sex assault

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WINNIPEG -- A former group home supervisor convicted of sexually assaulting a junior co-worker has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Olayemi Fatunmbi, 38, faces almost certain deportation to his native Nigeria upon completion of his sentence.

Jurors convicted Fatunmbi of sexually assaulting the victim and acquitted him of sexually assaulting a second female co-worker following a trial last June.

Fatunmbi was in a position of trust when he assaulted the victim, who clearly suffered emotional and psychological harm as a result of the attack, Justice Gerald Chartier said.

The victim testified at trial she was working a training shift at Fatunmbi's group home in July 2008 when he tried to rape her in a basement office.

"He faced me and shut off the light," she said. "He had put a condom on and walked toward me. I didn't know what to do. I was frozen.... He was trying to have intercourse and I was wiggling around."

The woman said Fatunmbi tried to force intercourse on her three times. She said she fled the house when Fatunmbi left to use the bathroom.

Fatunmbi denied any wrongdoing. Testifying about a second alleged victim, Fatunmbi told court he was the target of unwanted sexual attention.

Defence lawyer Darren Sawchuk recommended that Fatunmbi receive a suspended sentence, arguing he had no prior criminal record and was considered a low risk to reoffend.
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