MONTREAL – After preying on 285 young girls, and getting them to remove their clothes in front of their computer, a convicted cyber-predator received his sentence Thursday: two years in prison.
Philippe Truchon, who used Facebook and chat sites to convince adolescent girls to take off their clothes, was handed that penalty at the Montreal courthouse.
The sentence was far more lenient than the five years Crown prosecutors has asked for.
In the 40th Parliament, Bill C-54 was in Senate committee when the opposition pulled down the government.
Bill C-54 sought, among other things,
to increase or impose mandatory minimum penalties for certain sexual offences with respect to children;
Currently, mandatory minimum sentences are not in place for luring a child. Bill C-54 would have put in place a mandatory minimum sentence for this offence. If the law had applied then, on indictment on four counts of cyber-luring (s. 172.1) to which Truchon plead guilty, he would have received a minimum of four years in prison. The judge in this case would have had no other option than to rule that this sentence be served. But, we then learned that this case was even worse after Truchon plead guilty.
During sentencing arguments last week, [the judge] Rheault was informed Truchon approached 285 teenage girls between March and July 2008 through social networks such as Facebook.
Four counts plead, 285 victims, 2 years in prison.
This is not justice.
It’s time to re-introduce and expeditiously pass C-54.