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Denis Desjarlais
« on: November 17, 2014, 04:41:18 am »
Convicted serial rapist under the guide of ceremony. The second time was a 15 year old. He'll be out in two years.

An aboriginal healer has been sentenced to two years in jail for sexually assaulting a Winnipeg teen during treatment sessions designed to help her cope with a previous rape.

Denis Desjarlais, 60, was found to have committed a "major breach of trust" for the repeated incidents that occurred between July 2007 and July 2008.


The Crown was seeking up to five years in prison, while Desjarlais asked for as little as one year. Queen’s Bench Justice Shaun Greenberg delivered her decision on Thursday.

"He deliberately took advantage of a vulnerable person," said Greenberg. "She was an emotionally fragile person who turned to the accused for help and was instead further traumatized."

The victim, who was just 15 at the time, was brought to Desjarlais by her concerned mother who thought he might be able to help her work through various emotional issues stemming from a childhood sexual assault, court was told.

Instead, Desjarlais began preying on the girl by forcing her to remove clothing and submit to various sexual acts under the guise of trying to help her. Desjarlais told the girl that "something bad would happen to her" if she told anyone what happened. She was described as "intellectually challenged" in court and appearing and acting much younger than her age.

The teen eventually disclosed the abuse to friends, who told her mother. Police were contacted and Desjarlais was arrested and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

Desjarlais has always maintained his innocence and claims the girl made up the claims, even after he was convicted at trial earlier this year. Greenberg said Thursday’s she’s troubled by his lack of remorse and insight into his crimes.

"Because of the attitude of the accused here, I have to wonder if rehabilitation can be achieved," she said.

Desjarlais was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault in the 1980s but claims to have no memory of either the incident or his sentencing hearing.

Desjarlais was also placed on three years of supervised probation, forced to submit his name to the national sex offender registry and is banned from life from ever working as an aboriginal healer again.