MyKawartha.com – July 13, 2007
A former Meadowvale man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for sexually molesting five girls, including two in Mississauga, more than 19 years ago.
George Stea, 63, now of Montrose, British Columbia, was sentenced this week in Brampton court by Madame Justice Silja Seppi to 10-and-a-half years in jail.
Peel Regional Police charged Stea in 2004 with sexual assaults against five victims ranging in age from nine to 16.
The charges related to assaults between 1963 and 1988.
The trial began in June 2006 and two months ago Seppi found Stea guilty of most of the charges.
Seppi said Stea, who testified at his own trial and claimed this was all a conspiracy against him, was “not a credible witness. I do not believe his denial of the incidents.”
She concluded the testimony of the victims was straightforward and unembellished.
Stea was convicted on 10 criminal charges including indecent assault, gross indecency, sexual assault and committing an indecent act.
A court-ordered ban prohibits publication of any details brought out in the trial that might identify the victims.
Police say Stea has lived in Mississauga, Caledon, Brampton, Orangeville, Guelph and elsewhere.
The father of one of the Mississauga victims said while he’s glad the case is “finally over,” his daughter will never fully heal from the emotional wounds, which continue to give her nightmares.
The judge also ordered Stea’s time be served in protective custody because of the nature of his crimes.
A psychiatrist who assessed Stea last year concluded the man is still sexually interested in children.
“It’s not something that goes away with age,” testified Dr. Ronald Langevin, an expert in the assessment of sex offenders.
He said recidivism among pedophiles does not decrease with age, as it does with other offenders.
However, he said Stea is a “low risk” to re-offend, citing other factors such as employment, marital status and financial security that reduce the risk of recidivism.
Crown prosecutor N.J. Bridge had asked for a 13-to-15-year sentence, while Stea’s defence lawyer told Seppi the embarrassment, stress and public humiliation suffered by Stea has been enough punishment.
Jail would not serve any purpose, he told court.
Following his conviction in May, Stea was suspended from his job as an auditor with the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Small Business and Revenue, court heard.