Wednesday , June 16 2021

Ex-Alberta MLA Don MacIntyre told his child victim God approved the sexual abuse



When Don MacIntyre was sexually touching his victim, he justified by saying that God had approved the abuse, according to an agreed statement of fact read aloud in the ex-Conservative Party's guilty plea on Friday.

MacIntyre, the former Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA, has pleaded guilty to sexual interference, while a charge of sexual assault will be withdrawn.

A consensual statement of the facts detailing the crime will be read aloud by prosecutor Julie Snowdon at the Red Deer court.

The dates of the offense are between 2010 and 2011 and involve a female child under the age of 14. The publication ban protects any information that may identify the victim of MacIntyre.

MacIntyre has sexually touched his victim five to ten times over a period of one year from 2010.

"He told her that God said that God was well with touch," says the statement of the facts.

He told the child that he had prayed to God about it.

Victim speaks

In 2015, the girl told her mother about the abuse and when confronted, MacIntyre immediately confessed, but said that sexual abuse was "part of Satan's plan to destroy the child's faith."

He then wrote letters of apology to his victim.

According to the court document, the girl became suicidal.

MacIntyre resigned last February after accusations were made in connection with offenses against a child.

On Friday, standing with relatives on either side of her, the victim paused at times through her impact statement to compose herself.

"I did not understand that what happened to me was wrong," she said.

"His face was everywhere"

Tormented by confusion, pain and "such heavy guilt that it hurt my breast," the girl said that her memories and the effects of the abuse were "destroying" her childhood.

"I began to think it was my fault," she said. "It hurt alot."

Before the election of 2015, the signs of MacIntyre appeared throughout his horse.

"Everyone had their signs," she said. "His face was everywhere."

So he won the election. This was the year the girl finally told her mother about the abuse.

Sentencing submissions

Sexual interference involves touching someone under the age of 16 for sexual purposes.

A three to three-and-a-half year prison sentence would be appropriate, Snowdon told Judge Debra Yungwirth.

Defense lawyers Ian McKay and Heather Ferg argue that two years is an appropriate sentence.

McKay called his client "a very decent man" who had a "dark period".

"This is a man who has already been punished in many ways," said McKay, arguing that MacIntyre has "almost lost everything" and has been subjected to intense national media coverage.

Wife stands next to him, but the CPU does not

McIntyre's wife stood by him through the charges, McKay noted. She even provided a supporting character reference letter.

The United Conservative Party Caucus issued a statement immediately after MacIntyre's appeal.

"We expect this disgusting individual to face the full extent of the law in the sentence for his odious crime," the statement said.

"Our thoughts remain with the victim and all affected at this time."

It is not yet known whether Yungwirth will sentence MacIntyre on Monday or reserve his decision.


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