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B.C. child sex predator gets another adjournment

01/29/2013 06:39 EST | Updated 03/31/2013 05:12 EDT
A former Vancouver political campaigner who has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault against young girls after his arrest two years ago has won another adjournment in B.C. Supreme Court.

Ibata Hexamer was arrested two years ago on suspicion of having committed 23 sex-related offences, but pleaded guilty last August to four counts of sexual assault and two counts of unlawful confinement in connection with attacks on six young girls, ranging in age from six to 14. The offences occurred between 1995 and 2009.

Hexamer, 44, has been in custody since December 2010 and has changed lawyers three times since this trial began.

The court was told Tuesday that the Crown and defence could not agree on the statement of facts to be used in a requested psychiatric assessment.

The case has been adjourned until Feb. 12, at which time the judge expects to see a single statement of facts and allegations both sides can agree on in order to have the assessment done.

The assessment will help determine whether or not Hexamer can be declared a dangerous or long-term offender.

As a dangerous offender, a convicted person might be sentenced to an indefinite sentence behind bars.

Long-term offenders pose risk of reoffending but have a reasonable possibility of being controlled in the community, and a judge can order up to 10 years of supervision after their release from prison.

Hexamer worked on a Vancouver municipal election campaign in 2005 and as a database manager in the 2006 federal election.

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