A Brandon man who impregnated his 12-year-old stepdaughter has been sentenced to three years in prison.
"You took advantage of someone who looked to you for care and guidance," Judge John Combs said as the offender was sentenced in Brandon provincial court on Monday for sexual interference.
The man can’t be named as doing so would violate a publication ban that protects the identity of the young victim.
Crown attorney Grant Hughes said the man had sex with the girl in November 2012 at the family’s city home, while her mother was out and her little sister was sleeping.
The 35-year-old stepdad entered the girl’s room and, whispering in her ear, asked her three times to have sex with him.
She said no twice, then "agreed" on the third request and they had sex. There was no evidence of physical coercion or threats.
A couple of weeks later, suspecting she was pregnant, she used a home pregnancy test, which brought a positive result.
The stepfather told the girl not to tell her mother. Instead, he devised a lie to explain the pregnancy.
However, the truth emerged when the girl told her mother she was pregnant and she was taken to a doctor to confirm the pregnancy.
That same day, police were called by Child and Family Service workers. The agency had been informed by the Wheat City Medical Clinic that the girl had been impregnated by her stepfather.
Following the report, police and CFS officials went to the family’s home to apprehend the victim’s sister.
It was then that the stepfather, who immigrated to Canada a number of years ago, approached a police officer and told her: "I go to police. I’m guilty."
The pregnancy was later terminated and a DNA test proved that the stepfather had gotten the girl pregnant.
The Brandon Sun won’t identify the man’s home country. Immigrants from that nation form only a small community within the city and naming that country might identify the victim.
In court, the man slumped in the dock and wiped his eyes with a tissue.
"I recognize that my mistake was outrageous," he said through a translator.
The offender had no prior criminal record but his lawyer, Ryan Fawcett, said there’s no doubt his client will be deported once his prison term is done.