A Nunavut judge will decide Friday if a 60-year-old Hall Beach man should be designated a dangerous offender.

Simeonie Issigaitok has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual interference involving two young boys in relation to incidents that occurred in November 2011 in Hall Beach.

The Crown and defence are asking that Issaigaitok be sentenced to two further years at a federal penitentiary, followed by a long term supervision order of four to six years. 

The Crown says Issigaitok has a lengthy criminal history that began in 1988. He's been convicted of 19 sexual offences and one assault. All but one of the victims were children under the age of 15.

Issaigaitok has served two prior federal penitentiary sentences.

Crown prosecutor Barry McLaren told the court Issaigaitok has failed to control his sexual impulses, and that Issigaitok's crimes are opportunistic and committed on children.

Issigaitok's lawyers told the court he has a sexual behaviour disorder and that he was a victim of sexual assault at school, residential school and while working at a DEW line site. 

Issigaitok told the court he understands what he did was wrong. He says as a victim of sexual assault, he went on in his adult life to victimize other people.

Justice Bonnie Tulloch will issue her decision at the Iqaluit courthouse on Friday morning. 


  • The original version of this story included an incorrect age for Simeonie Issigaitok.
    Mar 28, 2014 9:26 AM CT