No jail time for Winnipeg student in hazing
Former St. John's Ravenscourt student gets probation for assault with a weapon
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.
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.
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 the charges.
Ex-student wants to be a doctor
Now 21 years old, the former SJR student will not serve any jail time. Instead, he will receive 18 months of supervised probation.
The 21-year-old is currently enrolled in university and plans to go to medical school, according to his lawyer, Sheldon Pinx.
"He wants to pursue a career in medicine. He's got unbelievably top grades. He'll, without question, qualify to be admitted," Pinx told reporters outside court.
"This would have been a serious impediment for him to get into medical school if he received a criminal record."
The court heard Tuesday that the young man had a troubled childhood.
Provincial court Judge Janice leMaistre said she believes the young man has learned his lesson and shown remorse for his actions, which she believes were "out of character."
The former student will be expected to undergo court-ordered therapy and perform 125 hours of community service within the first year of his probation.
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," Pinx said.
"That's something he wanted to do because he wanted to express to them how badly he felt."