Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ontario school janitor who preyed on little girls sentenced

BRADFORD — Neighbourhood parents thought of him as “the nice old fella across the road.”

But Harold Leblanc, 74, of Innisfil, turned out to be a serial predator who made friends with young couples so he could get at their little girls.

The retired York District School Board  maintenance worker was sentenced Friday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting six young girls over a period of more than 30 years.

“He’s a serial predator who sniffs out vulnerability, and he’s done it for decades,” said Crown attorney Indy Kandola, who was hoping for a stiffer sentence.

In doling out the lighter sentence, the judge took Leblanc’s age and recent heart surgeries into consideration. He also noted Leblanc is illiterate and has a Grade Two education.

“The facts in this matter are sordid,” said Justice Glenn Krelove. “He befriended neighbourhood parents which enabled him to plan and groom their children so he could sexually abuse them.”  (more...)


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