This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. As the 7-year-old blond girl swings her legs and fidgets with her hands, she talks about her favourite candy flavour, chocolate, and favourite colour, pink.
So the Hamilton police officer hands her a pink pencil crayon so she can circle body parts on a picture. The image helps explain what the child is having difficulty finding the right words to explain — that her mother's boyfriend would repeatedly wake her in the middle of the night to sexually assault her.
He recorded this abuse and advertised on Craigslist for others to. Sometimes other people come and watch, she tells the police officer. On Monday a year-old Hamilton man, a good friend of the girl's stepfather, pleaded guilty to sexual interference.
He pleaded not guilty to making child pornography. He cannot be identified to protect the identity of the young victim.
He's the last of five people charged in the case — dubbed Project Links by Hamilton police — to be tried. Everyone else, including the stepfather, have pleaded guilty.
That man was handed a nearly year sentence after credit for time served in pretrial custody. The abuse over about 18 months only stopped when the girl told her biological dad during a weekend visit.
Like every court date, the girl's aunt travelled from out of town to bear witness to the horrific details and show support for her niece, who now lives with her dad. On Monday, the year-old admitted to coming over to his friend's Hamilton house April 16,where they watched a video of the homemade child pornography.
Then the stepfather sexually assaulted the girl in front of his friend, before the year-old man "got really bombed and just wanted to try it," Crown attorney Janet Booy said, reading from the agreed statement of facts. The sexual assault was captured on cellphone video, that was recovered by police.
It was titled, the man's "turn. His face is not captured in the video, but his plaid shirt and frayed belt — later recovered by police at his home — are.
A distinctive cross tattoo on his finger also helped police identify him, Booy said. When he was interviewed by police he initially denied the allegation, but later confessed when presented with the video.
The year-old man sat quietly crying for nearly all of the hearing Monday — but those tears stopped as the video of the police interview with his young victim played. He returns to court Monday for a trial on the charge of making child pornography.
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