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Bonnetrouge declared dangerous offender
Sex offender given indeterminate sentence, deemed high risk to re-offend

Daniel Campbell
Northern News Services
Published Monday, November 18, 2013

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A Fort Providence man with a lengthy record of sexual offences against minors has been declared a dangerous offender and sentenced to prison for an indeterminate period of time.

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Robert Bonnetrouge, 35, seen here in 2011after being found guilty of raping two girls in Fort Providence in 2009, was declared a dangerous offender in NWT Supreme Court on Monday. He now faces an indeterminate prison sentence with no chance of parole for seven years. - NNSL/file photo

Justice Louise Charbonneau said Robert Bonnetrouge, 35, has a pattern of persistently aggressive behaviour and a failure to control his sexual impulses.

"He has caused great harm to children," Charbonneau said in her decision.

Bonnetrouge was examined by a psychiatrist and a psychologist during the Crown's application to have him named a dangerous offender. Both agreed Bonnetrouge was a high-risk to re-offend.

Dr. Scott Woodside noted Bonnetrouge's sexual preference for per-pubescent or pubescent partners, as well as non-consenting partners. Woodside testified Bonnetrouge had considerable cognitive deficiencies, while exhibiting anti-social behaviour and a substance dependency.

"Those cannot be cured, however they can be managed," Charbonneau said.

Defence lawyer Jay Bran had argued if his client was given dangerous offender status, he could be given a short prison sentence with a longer-term supervision order after his release. Dr. Marc Nesca testified he thought Bonnetrouge might be at a lesser risk to re-offend as he got older.

Charbonneau said she would not be satisfied by a supervision order, noting the risk Bonnetrouge's release would place upon the community. The possibility of treatment helping Bonnetrouge was discussed, but Charbonneau said there's no certainty he would improve.

"Possibility and hope is not enough at this time," she said.

The Crown made an application for Bonnetrouge to be declared a dangerous offender after he was convicted in September 2011 for raping two 16-year-old girls in 2009.

Those given an indeterminate sentence will remain in prison for at least seven years before they're eligible for parole, according to the Criminal Code of Canada.

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