Iqaluit man sentenced to year in jail for sexual interference of minor
Maurice Guimond will serve approximately 7 months in jail, accounting for time served
A 61-year-old Iqaluit man has been sentenced to a year in jail after being convicted of sexual interference of a minor.
Maurice Guimond was sentenced for an October 2021 incident in which he sexually touched a girl as she slept.
He will serve approximately seven months in jail, accounting for time already served, according to a sentencing decision released Monday by the Nunavut Court of Justice.
According to the decision, dated May 8, the pre-teenaged victim, her mother and her maternal aunt were at a house where Guimond was in Iqaluit on Oct. 9, 2021.
At some point late in the evening, the victim’s mother and her sister went to the kitchen to get food while the victim was lying on a mattress on the floor asleep.
Guimond went back into the room, positioned himself beside the victim and touched her breasts. He exposed his penis and masturbated while touching his sleeping victim.
The victim woke up when she heard Guimond breathing heavily, felt his hand on her breasts and saw his exposed penis, the report reads.
The victim got up immediately and fled the room to find her mother.
“She was too scared to describe immediately what had happened, but she told her mother what happened in answer to her mother’s questions,” wrote Judge Paul Bychok in the report.
Guimond pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and indecent exposure but was found guilty of sexual interference on Dec. 10, 2022.
“The sentence I impose on Mr. Guimond must express our community’s revulsion towards sexual abuse against children,” Bychok wrote.
He added the sentence must take the harmfulness of the offences into account and ensure the punishment fully reflects the life-altering consequences that can flow from sexual violence against children.
Bychok accepted the Crown’s sentence recommendation of 12 months. The defence counsel had recommended Guimond be sentenced to time he’d already served followed by probation.
Bychok noted the Crown’s recommendation is at the low end of the sentencing range considering circumstances of this case, calling it “just adequate.”
He said he would have imposed a higher sentence.
Guimond will also have to serve 12 months of probation and must not attend any public space where people under the age of 16 are reasonably expected to be present. He also must not have any contact with the victim or her mother.