Sentence of Pastor Claude Guillot: up to 15 years in prison claimed by the Crown

Based on the testimonies of the broken victims of Pastor Claude Guillot and the absence of remorse and regret from the accused, the Crown is asking for a sentence of between 12 and 15 years in prison against the 71-year-old man.

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Baptist pastor Claude Guillot was convicted of assault, harassment and forcible confinement of five boys.  We see him here in 2015 at the Quebec police headquarters.

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Baptist pastor Claude Guillot was convicted of assault, harassment and forcible confinement of five boys. We see him here in 2015 at the Quebec police headquarters.

Convicted of 18 counts of physical and psychological abuse of five boarding boys between 1982 and 2014, Claude Guillot is now awaiting his sentence, eight years after the start of legal proceedings.

Sentencing submissions began on Thursday with the testimony of three victims who came to read a letter on the consequences of the crimes.

One victim said she finds it “humiliating” to come forward in front of her abuser to talk about the impact the pastor has had on her life.

“By telling these things, I have the impression of saying to him, congratulations, you succeeded”, said the man yet “deeply broken”.

Abuse

For his part, Josh Seanosky wanted to recall the abuse he suffered, a little to refresh the memory of the judge who has been presiding over this case since 2015.

Thirty consecutive blows with a wooden paddle, hours of standing in a corner, punches, deprivation of food and water, “a little notebook to fill in with each nocturnal ejaculation”.

The man wanted an exemplary sentence to send “a powerful deterrent message to current and future abusers who would dare to lay their hands on a child”, he finished.

The latter also said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the Crown’s proposal.

Lack of remorse

In her representations, the DPCP prosecutor Me Sonia Lapointe emphasized Claude Guillot’s lack of remorse and regret.

“He is rooted in his beliefs and his way of thinking,” said Ms.e Lapointe to indicate that the sentence will not lead to a questioning of the offender.

She spoke of a rigid, uncompromising man who displayed sadism in the knowledge that he was inflicting pain on his victims.

For this reason, the Crown is asking for a sentence of between 12 and 15 years for the pastor.

For his part, M.e Suzan Corriveau, who represents Guillot, indicated that her client had no regrets and that in this sense the preparation of a pre-sentence report was useless. “He is a man who responds to God,” she pleaded.

His presentation will continue on Friday, and Mr.e Corriveau refrained from saying what pain she saw for Pastor Guillot.

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