REGINA, CANADA – In August 2004, a 12-year-old girl came into the Regina General Hospital in advanced labour, giving birth to a son the following day.
Hospital staff became suspicious both because of the girl’s young age and because she didn’t provide the name of the father.
Rumours began swirling that the father of the baby was also, in fact, the girl’s father, and so began a police investigation that resulted finally on Tuesday in a six-year sentence for the father on a charge of sexual assault.
The 45-year-old man -who can’t be named to prevent identifying the victim, who is his biological daughter -entered the guilty plea Tuesday at Regina Provincial Court in relation to assaults on the girl that eventually resulted in the birth of that child and a second just over a year later.
Judge Dennis Fenwick -referring to the offences as “reprehensible” -agreed to impose the sixyear term as jointly proposed by Crown and defence lawyers.
While the girl was reluctant to tell police the truth about what had happened, Crown prosecutor Chris White said she eventually admitted her father had given her alcohol and then had sex with her, resulting in the two pregnancies. The assaults occurred between Nov. 1, 2003, and Dec. 31, 2005, both within Regina and in other locations in the province.
White said the matter took such a long time to come to a conclusion because of lack of co-operation from the girl, her father and her father’s family -some of whom helped hide him from police for lengthy periods of time.
Police interviewed the girl again in October 2005, when she finally broke down and admitted the truth -that her father and she had sex and the pregnancy had resulted.
By that time, the girl was already pregnant again, with her second child by her father. At age 14, in December of 2005, she gave birth to a second son.