January 16th, 2021

Incest trial begins

By Shurtz, Delon on January 16, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A Raymond father accused of having sex with his young daughter began inappropriately touching the girl when she was only nine years old, a jury was told Wednesday.

During his opening statement at the start of the man’s trial in Lethbridge Court of Queen’s Bench, Crown prosecutor Tom Brannen said he anticipates the girl will, during her evidence later in the trial, tell the jury she was only nine when her father put her on his lap while driving and touched her inappropriately Over the years between 2013 and 2018, they engaged in other sexual activities, which eventually led to sexual intercourse, Brannen said.

The accused, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his now 15-year-old daughter, is charged with incest, sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

The girl’s mother testified Wednesday, and described a rocky relationship between herself and her husband, and one in which they had separated several times. Before the accused was charged by Raymond RCMP in January 2018, the couple had been sleeping in separate rooms and were not getting along.

“There was lots of fighting,” she said.

Her husband finally moved out after he began screaming at her while she was playing with the three children. After he left, she was confused by her daughter’s reaction.

“(She) started doing backflips in the kitchen” her mother testified. “I sat back and went, ‘this is weird.'”

She invited her mother to the house, and for two hours they watched the girl, who was happy, dancing and doing cartwheels.

“She was just a totally different kid.”

Later that night the girl told her mother of the assaults after mother asked “is there something you need to tell me?” The girl said no, but when her mother persisted, she grabbed her stuffy, sat up in her bed, leaned into the corner of the wall, and described what her father had been doing to her for four and a half years.

The mother testified she told her daughter the accused had done things to her daughter that she never allowed him to do to her. She also told court she had thrown away sex toys after the couple stopped being intimate. She thought they were gone until her daughter said they were inside a duffel bag in a closet.

The witness said she also threw out all the alcohol in the house because her husband had been making her daughter drink, and she didn’t want her daughter to continue drinking.

The trial, which is scheduled to run until Jan. 24, continues today with testimony from more Crown witnesses. The girl is also expected to testify.

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‘Keeping their names out’ does NOT protect children in small communities. It’s easy to figure out which girl missed class yesterday.

When shaming the predator hurts, a child, DON’T. 🛑