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Man who beat girlfriend, sexually assaulted 13 women deemed dangerous offender

An Ottawa man who brutally beat his pregnant girlfriend and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women he had secretly drugged will stay behind bars indefinitely.

Philip Wilson was convicted in 2017 of 39 offences including aggravated assault

Philip Wilson, 34, has been deemed a dangerous offender, a designation reserved for violent criminals and sexual predators who are considered likely to reoffend. (Supplied photo)

An Ottawa man who brutally beat his pregnant girlfriend and sexually assaulted more than a dozen women he had secretly drugged will stay behind bars indefinitely.

Philip Wilson, 34, has been deemed a dangerous offender, a designation reserved for violent criminals and sexual predators who are considered likely to reoffend.

When someone is labelled a dangerous offender, the court can impose a set sentence followed by long-term supervision in the community, or an indeterminate sentence.

In a decision released this month, Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland said a set sentence followed by supervision would not adequately protect the public from the risk of Wilson committing more violent crimes, particularly domestic abuse.

Wilson was convicted in 2017 of 39 offences including aggravated assault against his former girlfriend, as well as sexual assault and administering a stupefying drug to enable sexual assault against 13 other women.

Court documents say he was arrested and charged in 2015 after severely beating his girlfriend until she was unconscious, an attack that caused their nearly full-term baby to be stillborn. He has been in custody since his arrest.