06/01/2019 11:33 EDT

Christian Sarile Sentenced For Sex Crimes Against Children

He pleaded guilty to 17 counts.

CALGARY — A former Calgary teacher who pleaded guilty to 17 counts of sex crimes against children has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Christian Sarile, who is 29, was originally charged with 49 offences including sexual assault, sexual interference, accessing child pornography, distributing child pornography, luring and extortion.

He showed no emotion as the judge read his decision to a full courtroom.

Justice Earl Wilson described Sarile as evil, manipulative, and a danger to children and the community.

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Court heard that Sarile used fake names to pose as a high school student and make contact with girls between the ages of 12 and 16 online.

He then convinced them to perform sexual acts in exchange for money, gifts and alcohol.

In total, 26 victims came forward who all claimed to have had contact with Sarile.

Court also heard that he used nude photos and videos of his victims as leverage to coerce them into more illegal activity.

Two of the victims spoke in court last month about their inability to be happy about anything and how the loss of trust in their teacher affected their ability to get help.

Concerned family contacted police

Police were first notified about Sarile when the family of a 14-year-old girl contacted police in December 2016, concerned about their daughter meeting a man in his 20s.

“This was a concerned grandfather who called in some suspicious activity with his granddaughter, which started this whole investigation,” Sgt. Mark Weir said outside court Friday.

“Thankfully he made that phone call that got this all started or we may not even be here right now.”

The Crown had sought 18 years in jail for Sarile. During a previous sentencing hearing, Sarile’s lawyer asked the judge to consider his guilty plea and his financial hardships.

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