Montreal teacher gets more jail time for sex crimes

A former teacher at an elite Montreal prep school received additional jail time on Friday after being sentenced in Virginia for more sex crimes involving children.

A former teacher at an elite Montreal private school received additional jail time Friday after being sentenced in Virginia for more sex crimes involving children.

Montreal private-school teacher Richard Doucet, who was arrested in May 2008 by police in Fredricksburg, Va., is facing additional jail time for sex-related offences. ((Stafford County Sheriff's Office))

Richard Doucet, 37, was arrested by Virginia police in May 2008 at a hotel where he was expecting to meet a teenage boy. Up until the time of his arrest, Doucet had been a teacher at Selwyn House, a private school for boys in Montreal's wealthy Westmount suburb.

Doucet pleaded guilty in a Fredericksburg court in the spring to numerous charges, including reproducing and distributing child pornography, attempting to take indecent liberties with a child and soliciting a minor for sexual activities. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison earlier this month.

On Friday, Doucet received an additional 14 years to run consecutively with the previous sentence, Fredericksburg prosecutor LaBravia Jenkins said.

Jenkins said Doucet could be released early for good behaviour after serving 85 per cent of the combined sentence.

Detective posed as 13-year-old online

According to the police detective in Dumfries, Va., who posed online as a 13-year-old boy to lure Doucet, the teacher had many sexually explicit web chats with the person he thought was a teenage boy in the months leading up to his arrest.

Det. John Chapman said he and Doucet talked online about playing a game of miniature golf in which the loser would perform a sex act on the winner. Chapman has also said Doucet emailed him nude photos of boys, some of whom appeared to be as young as 12.

He and Doucet planned to meet up at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fredericksburg, but instead of a boy, Doucet was met by police.

Thousands of photos of nude children were found on a school laptop and compact disc that police seized from his hotel room.

Doucet is scheduled to appear in nearby Prince William County in September to face more related charges.

With files from The Canadian Press