Another one! I guess the Crown has had enough which is good news! Put this creep away for life.
Whitby's Stratton one step close to being declared a dangerous sex offender
Crown clears first hurdle in court
Oct 01, 2009 - 04:30 AM
By Jeff Mitchell
OSHAWA -- The Crown has cleared its first hurdle in a campaign to have a convicted sex offender jailed indefinitely, convincing a judge to order an expert opinion on the man's potential to reoffend.
On Tuesday in Oshawa Ontario Court, Justice Paul Bellfontaine ordered Michael Ross Stratton transferred to Ottawa, where he'll undergo a psychological assessment aimed at determining whether he ought to be jailed indefinitely for sex crimes against nine female victims aged six to 17.
"I am of the opinion Mr. Stratton might be found to be a dangerous or long-term offender," Justice Bellefontaine said in making the order.
The Crown has announced its intention to seek a dangerous offender designation for Mr. Stratton, who was arrested in 2006 and earlier this year pleaded guilty to 13 charges including sexual assault. If successful, the application would see the Whitby man jailed indefinitely, with a review of his status every seven years.
Prosecutor Kent Saliwonchyk has argued Mr. Stratton's numerous and egregious offences warrant the tough sentence; defence lawyer Alan Risen submits Mr. Stratton's crimes, while serious, should result in a sentence of three to five years, time Mr. Stratton has already accumulated in pretrial custody.
Mr. Stratton is due back in court in December. If the assessment is favourable to the Crown's application, Mr. Saliwonchyk will seek leave from the Attorney General to proceed with the dangerous offender hearing.