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No jail time for Winnipeg student in hazing

02/19/2013 07:35 EST | Updated 04/21/2013 05:12 EDT
A Winnipeg judge gave a former St. John’s Ravenscourt student no jail time after he pleaded guilty to numerous assault charges related to a 2009 hazing incident.

The former student, who was 18 at the time, pleaded guilty to six counts of assault with a weapon.

In April 2010, the Winnipeg police child abuse unit arrested four students in connection with allegations of sodomy against a younger classmate at the private school.

Four male teens were accused of pinning the younger boy on the floor and removing his pants. A walking stick was allegedly held near the anus of the victim and he was threatened with penetration.

All four teens were charged with sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and uttering threats. Two were suspended indefinitely from St. John's-Ravenscourt and told they could not return, and two others left voluntarily, the school has said.

In July 2010, 23 new charges involving 10 more victims, were formally laid against the 18-year-old.

Police said the incidents at the school occurred between Sept. 1, 2009, and February 2010.

All of the boys were expelled from the school, and the 18-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges.

Ex-student gets 18 months probation

Now, the former SJR student is 21 years old and will walk free without having served jail time. Instead, he will receive 18 months of supervised probation.

The judge in the case said he has shown remorse for his actions and believes his offences were "out of character."

The 21-year-old is now enrolled in university and plans to go to medical school.

The court heard Tuesday that the young man had a troubled childhood.

He will be expected to undergo court-ordered therapy and do 125 hours of community service within the first year of his probation.

His lawyer, Sheldon Pinx, said the student would now like to apologize to his victims.

“One of the things he couldn't do while this process was before the courts was to write letters of apology to the victims,” said Pinx.

“That's something he wanted to do because he wanted to express to them how badly he felt.”

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