Sexual abuse by a former hockey coach: stay of proceedings requested

At the Victoriaville courthouse, Judge Dominique Slater heard, on Wednesday morning, the parties speak in the case of Nicolas Cadorette, a former hockey coach sentenced in Ontario for sex crimes against a teenager and who is also facing similar charges for acts committed in Quebec.

This stay of proceedings is requested by the defendant’s lawyer, Me Michel Dussault. A request to which, in the circumstances, the public prosecutor, represented by Me Jean-Philippe Garneau, cannot legally oppose.

The facts in question occurred nearly 50 years ago, between October 1974 and March 1976. Nicolas Cadorette, who now lives in British Columbia, admitted his guilt on August 10, 2017 in York, Ontario, to charges of indecent action and gross indecency.

Me Michel Dussault, with supporting documents, including the stenographic notes of the Ontario hearing, argued that the debit plea recorded by his client reported all the people posed, not only those in Ontario, but also the crimes committed against the adolescent during a visit to Quebec between February 1 and March 31, 2016.

“Mr. Cadorette was so involved in the victim’s life that he managed to convince the youngster’s parents to make the trip with him,” said Mr. Garneau of the prosecution.

For Me Michel Dussault, it is clear that his client, sentenced to a prison term of two years less a day to be served in the community, has been punished for all of his crimes. The documents prove it. “When we asked him, at the time of his plea, if he recognized all the facts, even those committed in Quebec, he said yes. He cannot therefore be punished twice for the same case,” he pleaded.

As for the jurisdictions, Mr. Garneau indicated that the Crown, in Ontario, said it did not have jurisdiction for offenses in Quebec. This means that the denunciation is not expressly authorized for facts that have occurred in Quebec. However, the designated dates of the commission of the offenses include the acts committed in Quebec (February and March 1976).

But the suspect, according to Mr. Garneau, could not say whether crimes, during this last period, also occurred on Ontario soil.

In short, in this matter of territorial competence and jurisdiction, Mr. Garneau of the prosecution had no element, no evidence to thwart the position of Mr. Dussault in defense.

Judge Slater informed the parties that they would like to read the documents filed before rendering his decision, late Thursday morning, on the possibility of ordering a stay of proceedings.

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