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Sexual crimes | The former coach gets the legal process stopped

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A former hockey coach found guilty by Ontario justice for sex crimes committed in Ontario and Quebec benefited from the halted legal process in Quebec. The Quebec court ruled that the acts committed in the two provinces had already been punished. However, the victim, now 60, believes that she has been abandoned by criminal justice.

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Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
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Judge Dominique Slater had to decide whether Nicolas Cadorette, a British Columbia man who pleaded guilty to sex crimes against a boy in Ontario in the 1970s in 2017, should appear in Quebec.

The events occurred between October 1974 and March 1976, when Cadorette was coaching a men’s hockey team in Vaughan, Ontario. An investigation was opened by York Police in 2014 after a complaint was filed. The victim was sexually assaulted from the age of 12 by Cadorette, who, while accompanying the boy home on his return from the arena, allegedly sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions. The assaults also occurred at the coach’s family home in Victoriaville and during a stay in a private chalet.


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Nicola Cadorette

It is precisely these attacks committed in Quebec for which the victim claimed to want justice. M.And Michel Dussault, Nicolas Cadorette’s lawyer, however, stated under Article 607 of the Criminal Code that his client “has already received a sentence that he served”. He had received a sentence of two years less a day in the Ontario community.

Therefore, the defense claimed that “the whole work was settled in Ontario”. “He Can’t be punished twice for the same matter. And it is clearly the same case, “hammered MAnd Dussault. A subject to which the Crown Attorney, Mr.And Jean-Philippe Garneau said he could not legally oppose it.

I can morally disagree, […] but legally speaking, my colleague is right in context.

M.And Jean-Philippe Garneau, procurator of the crown

During the hearing, Mr.And Garneau, however, denounced the vagueness of the facts committed in Quebec, in the decision made in Ontario in 2017. The judge, he said, did not directly mention that he had convicted Cadorette for her crimes in Quebec, having no jurisdiction in the province. But faced with the Crown’s admission of the lack of evidence to challenge the defense, Judge Dominique Slater still ordered the judicial process to be suspended, ruling that the events that took place in Quebec were “implicit” contained in the decision made in Ontario. .

The “abandoned” victim.

Following this verdict, The print spoke to the victim, who we can only identify from his initials, JR The man in his sixties agreed to return to the “healing path” he has been following for several years.

“My trial started 8 years ago, almost 45 years after I was attacked. I had at that time in my life a broken down to complete. I couldn’t work anymore, my life and my family fell apart. I knew then that I had two choices: face this trauma of youth, which gnawed at me from the inside, or simply die, ”explains this man.

He believes he has been “abandoned” by the authorities. “After the verdict in Ontario, which I obviously felt was insufficient, I did exactly what I was told, which was to bring the proceedings to Quebec. At first I was promised that we would do everything to get a sentence, ”says the victim.

Gradually, the man claims that the Crown has completely “changed position”, arguing instead that “a solution had to be found”.

I want to be clear: I would never have agreed to do all this if I hadn’t felt that there would be a sentence at the end of the day. I felt abandoned, deceived and misled. They let me down.

JR, victim of Nicolas Cadorette

A civil law attorney, Mr.And Elena Dimitrova, supports these observations. “Communication with the Crown has been very difficult. They didn’t do what they originally said. And this doesn’t happen often: the Crown should help the victim, in her best interest, “says Ms.And Dimitrova, who supported the victim in her efforts in Quebec.

Running out of options, JR now says he wants to “reveal the truth”. “This man took his own life when I was 12. I want him to be known. This man is supposed to be in prison, and he isn’t. He must be reported. And I want us to send a strong message: no child should have to deal with such mental and physical trauma, “he concludes.

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