Canada
Ottawa pedophile gets three years for abuse

Credits: CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY

MEGAN GILLIS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA - A pedophile who lured a young boy with trips to Disneyland and Egypt, then threatened to post the photos of the sexual abuse, was sentenced to three years behind bars Monday.

Paul St-Jean, 66, had pleaded guilty to sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching for fondling and oral sex that happened as often as five times a week from 2003 to 2005, when the victim was between 11 and 13.

The boy disclosed the abuse to his mom in 2010.
St-Jean exploited the boy's vulnerability and his mother's trust for his own sexual gratification, Judge Celynne Dorval said.

She didn't buy that the diagnosed pedophile treated the boy to trips because he felt guilty about the abuse, noting if he did he wouldn't have tried to blackmail his victim when he tried to get away.

St-Jean -- diagnosed by a psychiatrist as a pedophile -- doesn't really believe he needs to address his problems, Dorval said.

The victim wrote he was consumed with shame and disgust for years about his "deep, dark secret" as St-Jean haunted his thoughts and dreams.

"I knew once I closed my eyes that there you would be," he wrote. "You would be able to torment and torture me again."

But he's triumphed by bringing his abuser to justice and now has a bright future.

"I am no longer your victim -- I am a survivor," he wrote.

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