St Vincent: Man jailed for having sex with 12-year-old stepdaughter

St Vincent: Man jailed for having sex with 12-year-old stepdaughter

(CMC) – A 52-year-old man has been sentenced to 39 years in jail for having sex with his 12-year-old stepdaughter, with the judge saying he had taken advantage of a child who looked up to him as a father figure and also depended on him for economic assistance.

Justice Brian Cottle said that the aggravating features of the crime far outweighed the mitigating factors and that was the only reason he would not impose consecutive jail terms on the convicted man, whose name has not been released.

He sentenced the man to 12 years on each of the three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and three years for indecent assault.

The man had been convicted of the offences on March 15 and when he came up for sentencing on Tuesday, Crown Counsel Sejilla McDowall said that the breach of trust was a major aggravating factor in the case.

She noted that the man operated as a father figure in the girl’s life, adding that the case included elements of sexual advantage. The prosecutor said that the man had the economic advantage in that the girl had little means.

She told the court that, while he offered the girl food and money, he did so specifically when sex occurred.

The court heard that the social inquiry report had indicated that the convicted man had expressed no remorse.

McDowall said the response of the community was “noteworthy and alarming” in that residents expressed disbelief that the man would have committed such an act.

In passing sentence, Justice Cottle said that the child had told the man she would report his crimes to her mother and he had told her to go ahead asking her what her mother could do about it.

“There is something the State can do,” the judge said, adding that unfortunately, he is constrained to follow the guidance of the Court of Appeal.


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  1. Sex without consent is rape child or adult .Punishment is the DEATH PENALTY such act have sicalogical effects on individuals life .Sounds hash think about your mother, your wife and daughter a life after being raped


  2. This is not 'sex' this is 'rape' it is legally impossible for a 12 year old to consent therefore this is statutory rape, not sex, and should be reported as such. Very good sentencing by the judge.


    • So true. The term sex makes this man sound like less of the monster that he is. You are right.

      I am a little confused on the sentencing though. Is he serving the 39 years or the 12 years plus the 3 years. Because the article said it was not imposed consecutively; so that implies he will serve them concurrently (which is the 12 + 3)


  3. Congrats to judge McDowell job well done it's past time for those hard back so called men that supposed to be fathers n step fathers for our children of tomorrow to respect them and to realize that they have a wife /madame or keeper, saloon LA.


  4. Indeed she is an exceptional judge. The paragrah before the last one made me sick to the stomach. The judge slapped him with a very good sentence. He deserves to age in jail. To do this to a child whom who were supposed to "nurture" then you are not civil enough to live with the rest of society. I applaud the child's mother for persuing the case because many mothers have swept such things under the carpet.


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