A dangerous offender hearing continued in Yellowknife today for a Fort Providence, N.W.T., man.
On Tuesday, the judge heard a bit more about the difficult childhood Robert Walter Bonnetrouge faced in Fort Providence.
The prosecutor applied to have the 34-year-old declared a dangerous offender after he was convicted of his fifth and sixth sexual assaults.
Defence lawyer Jay Bran highlighted some of what Bonnetrouge told the doctor about his upbringing.
Bonnetrouge said there was a lot of sexual abuse in Fort Providence when he was growing up. He said he witnessed a relative sexually assaulting a girl who was passed out, and and was abused by a teenage girl when he was five years old.
Bonnetrouge told the doctor he came to believe that kind of behavior was normal.
Bran also questioned psychiatrist Scott Woodside about the tests he conducted on Bonnetrouge to gauge his risk of committing more sex crimes. Woodside told the court Monday that Bonnetrouge scored the highest he had ever seen on the test.
Woodside said aboriginal inmates score, on average, a point higher than non-aboriginal inmates on a test designed to measure antisocial disorder. The doctor said Bonnetrouge's score fell within the average range for an aboriginal offender.
A psychiatrist called by the defence is scheduled to testify next at the hearing.
The hearing continues Wednesday.