Dennis Gary Baumgardt

Unremorseful’ Edmonton pedophile declared dangerous offender

An inveterate pedophile who harmed 11 children over two decades was declared a dangerous offender Thursday and handed an indefinite prison sentence.

BY EDMONTON JOURNAL MAY 22, 2008
EDMONTON – An inveterate pedophile who harmed 11 children over two decades was declared a dangerous offender Thursday and handed an indefinite prison sentence.Dennis Gary Baumgardt, 50, successfully completed the best rehabilitation programs available but still continued to sexually assault children, including one little girl he assaulted repeatedly over two years.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Gill said the man shows no remorse and continues to deny his sexual deviancy.

“He has shown himself to be manipulative, unpredictable, unreliable, unremorseful, lacking in insight and prepared to deliberately and recklessly put himself into situations of high risk with disastrous consequences,” the judge said.

He said there is no hope for effective treatment and no evidence Baumgardt can live in the community without re-offending, even if he is placed under strict supervision.

Baumgardt first committed an indecent act in 1980, and in 1992 he was convicted of harming nine children over four years and sentenced to two years behind bars.

Three years later, in 1995, he was again convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl, and sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for that crime. While on parole in 1998, he was charged with assaulting another child, and returned to prison. That charge was later dropped.

Finally, in 2006, he was convicted of sexually assaulting a girl several times between 2003 and 2004, when she was six and seven years old.

During the assaults, he tied her to a bed with black tape, forced her to watch pornographic movies and threatened to kill her if she told anyone what was happening.

When her older brother witnessed an apparent assault, Baumgardt threatened to kill him, too.

In a 1997 program evaluation, Baumgardt explained he assaults children to feel in control of another person, and to act out suppressed emotion, the judge wrote in his decision.

He said he felt rejected because his parents gave him to his grandparents to raise, and that he himself was sexually assaulted as a child.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Alberta Choy testified during the sentencing hearing that treatment may be “pointless” because Baumgardt “believes he does not have a problem and is angry at the system,” the judge explained in his ruling.

“He also feels his recent convictions were unjust, and does not think he did anything wrong.”

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