Sexsomnia case: Dad who molested young teen daughter found not criminally responsible

Via:  freefaller  •  4 months ago  •  30 comments

Sexsomnia case: Dad who molested young teen daughter found not criminally responsible

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An Eastern Ontario father who molested his 14-year-old daughter in 2016 has been found not criminally responsible because he was “suffering” from sexsomnia at the time.

His daughter had just moved back in with her father only for him to molest her in her bedroom at night.

The father, 39, was found not criminally responsible for sexual assault, touching for a sexual purpose, and touching a child for a sexual purpose after two psychiatrists concluded he had sexsomnia.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Michel Z. Charbonneau recently delivered his ruling after also hearing evidence of a sleep study that showed the father became sexually aroused while sleeping. (The electroencephalogram, or EEG, indicated he was asleep during the sexual activity, thereby eliminating any possibility that he was faking it, L’Orignal court heard.)

It’s not the first time he’s been in criminal court. He pleaded guilty for trying to have sex with a sleeping woman back in 2003.

In a bid to win his sexsomnia defence, he took the stand during his trial earlier this year in May, and offered past examples to support his claim that he was suffering from the sleep-sex disorder when he molested his daughter. He didn’t dispute the sexual assaults but maintained that he had no memory of them after falling asleep next to his daughter one night back in 2016.

He testified that his wife has told him that he used to touch her sexually in his sleep only for him to have no memory of it.

He also said he has sleep apnea and had trouble getting a good sleep at the appropriate time. He told court his sleep has greatly improved since using a CPAP machine.

His wife also took the stand in his defence and testified that her husband — for years — used to perform sexual acts on her while he was asleep. She said it hasn’t happened since he started using a CPAP machine in 2017.

Her testimony was supported by a second sleep study conducted after he started using a CPAP machine. (The breathing problem had been corrected and no parasomniac behaviour was noted, court heard.)

In the July 18 decision, Charbonneau noted that the accused had a hard childhood. He was sexually abused by adults. He went on to sexually abuse some of his siblings and worked as a teen prostitute. He has been diagnosed with ADHD, anti-social personality disorder and depression.

Dr. Paul Federoff, an expert psychiatrist, has been treating the man for years and says his risk to re-offend is nil, court heard. The man now sleeps only with his wife, has installed hand alarms on his bedroom door and sleeps with his CPAP machine which has cured his sleep apnea, court heard.

The Crown urged the judge to reject the accused’s evidence, saying it lacked credibility — notably contradictions and discrepancies between his trial testimony and what he told investigating Ottawa police back in 2016.

His defence lawyer, Michael Crystal, said at trial that his client — described in court as unsophisticated — had not yet had a chance to review the statement he gave to police some three years earlier before he took the stand.

The judge ruled that most of the accused’s contradictions raised by the Crown were not significant before ultimately finding him not criminally responsible.

The judge made the NCR finding on consent from both the Crown and defence.

Because he was found not criminally responsible, the Ontario Review Board (ORB) will now decide his future and the conditions that come with it. The man is not in custody and is awaiting an unscheduled ORB hearing.

Sexsomnia is a disorder that causes people to engage in sexual behaviour — everything from touching to intercourse — while still asleep. It was added in 2013 to the DSM-5, the American Psychiatric Association’s authoritative classification of mental disorders. Defence lawyers have mounted sexsomnia defences only a handful times, with varying degrees of success, over the past 15 years, according to a review of the Canadian legal database, CanLII.

The man’s identity is shielded by a publication ban to protect the identify of his victim.

His lawyer told this newspaper on Friday that he was pleased the girl was spared the hardship of a trial in light of the successful NCR defence.


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1  seeder  Freefaller    4 months ago

I feel a little conflicted on this one.  On one hand he's a self admitted pedophile so he's a complete POS who should be locked away forever.  On the other hand medical professionals have diagnosed him with a condition and the legal system has found him not criminally responsible so he should be freed without punishment.


1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Freefaller @1    4 months ago

Seems to me that, since he was aware of his condition, he should have known that his daughter shouldn't have been living with him.  He exposed her to danger.

1.1.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  sandy-2021492 @1.1    4 months ago

Very good point, didn't even think of that angle.

1.2  cjcold  replied to  Freefaller @1    4 months ago

Never heard of this disease before but an ex-friend of mine obviously had it. Had heard stories about him doing this sort of thing before but didn't really believe it until he did it to my girlfriend one night when I was in the bathroom. Walked out to find him naked and obviously asleep while my girlfriend was  pushing him off with a look of fear in her eyes. I moved out the next day and haven't seen him since (this was 1972).

1.2.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  cjcold @1.2    4 months ago

Hopefully if he had a family later he put locks on his kids doors

1.2.2  Ronin2  replied to  Freefaller @1.2.1    4 months ago

Put a lock on the outside of his door would be easier. The family could let him loose in the morning.

1.2.3  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Ronin2 @1.2.2    4 months ago

That would work too

1.2.4  cjcold  replied to  Freefaller @1.2.1    4 months ago

He rolled his ranchero and died. Probably for the best.

1.2.5  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  cjcold @1.2.4    4 months ago

Who died?

My first car was a Ranchero, damn I loved that beast

The Old Breed Marine
2  The Old Breed Marine    4 months ago

Kill him anyway, so we can help end the sex-bullshit-somnia disease from spreading.

2.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  The Old Breed Marine @2    4 months ago
Kill him anyway

LOL not a legal option in Canada

so we can help end the sex-bullshit-somnia disease from spreading.

From the info I read it doesn't sound like one of those contagious diseases.

The Old Breed Marine
3  The Old Breed Marine    4 months ago

Here is what you do-

Put him in bed with a fat dude, and if he gets frisky with Bubba, in his sleep, reaching for pay-dirt, I'll believe this crap is real.

If he doesn't, and it only happens with chicks, he's full of shit.

3.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  The Old Breed Marine @3    4 months ago
so we can help end the sex-bullshit-somnia disease from spreading.

Not sure of the ethics of that but it sounds like it would be damn funny

3.2  Kathleen  replied to  The Old Breed Marine @3    4 months ago

That would be a good test. 

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4  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    4 months ago

I have a bad case of beatHisAssSomnia. 

Ridiculous, shame on the jury.

4.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    4 months ago

From the article, it doesn't seem that this was a jury trial.  This was the judge's call.

4.1.1  MUVA  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1    4 months ago

I think it is called a bench trial.

†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
4.1.2  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh  replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1    4 months ago

Gee thanks Sandy. Way to expose my

4.1.3  sandy-2021492  replied to  MUVA @4.1.1    4 months ago

Probably.  This was in Canada, so their court procedures and terminology are different from ours.

4.1.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4.1.2    4 months ago

Sorry 'bout that.  My first reaction was the same as yours.  Maybe the dad comes from a good family.

5  Sunshine    4 months ago

He will back in court for rape.

5.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  Sunshine @5    4 months ago

For the sake of others I hope not, but time will tell

6  loki12    4 months ago

Please God don’t let Jerry Epstein’s lawyers see this.

7  dave-2693993    4 months ago

I am having a difficult time believing this.

I'm calling BS on this guys claim.

7.1  seeder  Freefaller  replied to  dave-2693993 @7    4 months ago

Personally I tend to agree with you Dave but call me naïve I also trust the justice system to impartially do the right thing based on the available evidence.  Like I said earlier I'm conflicted.

7.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Freefaller @7.1    4 months ago

Same.  There's medical evidence confirmed by EEG, so I think that his condition is legitimate.  However, I think he also should have taken precautions to prevent his condition from causing him to harm others.

We don't allow people with uncontrolled seizure disorders or narcolepsy to drive.  They have a legitimate medical condition, but we do not allow that condition to endanger others.

7.1.2  dave-2693993  replied to  Freefaller @7.1    4 months ago

I can understand being conflicted about it, but Sandy makes the point that sticks in my mind.

It is true there are all sorts of condition afflicting the human body, mind and autonomic systems.

Yet, if he is truly afflicted by this condition, why would he allow the situation to be in place?

I hope you don't mind if I go here, but it's kind of like handing a bottle of vodka to an alcoholic and asking "hey, can you hold this for me for a week"? Does that make sense?

7.1.3  Kathleen  replied to  dave-2693993 @7.1.2    4 months ago

Very well put. He had to know that he should not be in that position.

7.1.4  Drakkonis  replied to  Kathleen @7.1.3    4 months ago
Very well put. He had to know that he should not be in that position.

Not necessarily. According to the sparse information in the article, the guy's daughter had lived in that house previously. Since there is no mention of molestation from that time, only after she had moved back in, perhaps he and his wife had no reason to suspect this situation would occur now. 

Not that I am trying to defend the guy, but it seems a possibility. Like some of you, I'm pretty conflicted by this as well. The guy had a pretty screwed up childhood, it seems so I don't really know how to feel about it. 

7.1.5  Kathleen  replied to  Drakkonis @7.1.4    4 months ago

 When I think about my father and this guy... it makes me sick. 

I am understanding about many things, but you do not do anything like that to your own daughter. 


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