Story from the Calgary Sun. (H/T Andrew)
Convicted of sexually assaulting two little girls 100 times, day home operator David Watkins was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison.
After Watkins, 67, apologized to the families of the two girls and his own relatives for sexually touching the children at his Silver Springs day home, one for over a period of 15 1/2 months, provincial court Judge Allan Fradsham handed down a sentence sought by prosecutors.
[…]Watkins admitted to assaulting the girls, who were between the ages of six and eight, in the basement of his home while his wife, recovering from an injury, couldn’t venture downstairs.
Earlier in the hearing the mother of one of the girls calmly read a victim impact statement, detailing how her daughter is still too traumatized to sleep normally or sometimes use the bathroom.
“She still can’t sleep alone and she still leaves that shower curtain open,” said the mom.
“It’ll possibly haunt her for a lifetime — no child should ever have to feel so afraid.”
[…]Defence lawyer Jim Lutz argued Watkins had suffered family trauma due to his actions and that his crime was an anomaly. “The offence that occurred was out of character for him,” said Lutz, who asked for a three-year sentence.
כל מי שנעשה רחמן במקום אכזרי
סוף שנעשה אכזרי במקום רחמן
Kol mi shena`asa rahaman bimqom akhzari
Sof shena`asa akhzari bimqom rahaman
All who are made to be compassionate in the place of the cruel
In the end are made to be cruel in the place of the compassionate