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Authority Figures: and sex offences..
« on: September 11, 2008, 12:41:41 PM »
Come on Willie, use your brain!!!!! Pretend you are back in the ring, and quit trying to say this type of crap is not that bad! TOO HARSH?????  The offender was a cop, you know, they are supposed to help? Get it???


By SUN MEDIA
   

CALGARY -- Disgraced Mountie Guy Armand Raes, who was sentenced Monday to eight months in jail for molesting a wayward teen whom he took under his wing, could be back on the street tomorrow.

Defence counsel Willie de Wit yesterday filed an appeal of the sentence and said he will be seeking bail for his client, hopefully before the end of the week.

"I'm trying to get it in (tomorrow)," de Wit said.

In his brief appeal notice filed at Court of Queen's Bench, de Wit said Raes' sentence was far too harsh.

"The sentence imposed by the learned trial judge is, in all the circumstances of the case, excessive," he wrote as his sole ground of appeal.

The case is being heard in Queen's Bench because Crown prosecutor Craig Krieger proceeded by way of summary conviction instead of by indictment.

The less serious procedure meant Raes faced a maximum jail term of 18 months, instead of the 10 years for indictable sexual assaults.

Raes, 51, pleaded guilty last week to sexual assault in connection with a Feb. 13, 2007, incident in which he fondled the breasts of a 17-year-old girl he had driven to a secluded rural location.

Raes had become a confidant of the teen after she approached him two years earlier about her problems with drugs and alcohol.

Provincial court Judge Barb Veldhuis handed Raes an eight-month jail term, even though de Wit sought a conditional sentence and Krieger proposed a 90-day term.

Veldhuis said Raes' position as a police officer, along with his severe breach of the trust the teen had in him, called for a harsher sentence.