WINNIPEG—A Winnipeg man has been discovered responsible of sexually abusing three kids from the identical Manitoba Housing advanced.
A provincial court docket decide has convicted Michel Bruno of six sex-related expenses involving two boys and a lady.
The offences occurred between 2013 and 2017 when the youngsters had been between the ages of eight and 11.
The trial for the 27-year-old accused was advised Bruno befriended the victims’ moms to achieve entry to their kids.
Bruno was additionally discovered responsible of obstruction of justice and several other counts of breaching court docket orders.
Sentencing will happen at a later date.
The court docket heard Bruno moved in with the boys’ moms and was thought-about a father determine. He repeatedly abused the youngsters whereas showering collectively or sleeping in the identical mattress.
The trial was advised the woman was sexually violated on two events — as soon as throughout a go to to a library, and a second time when he kissed her in a schoolyard. Contact ceased when the woman’s mom, suspecting Bruno was a predator, warned him to avoid her daughter.
Bruno was arrested within the fall of 2016 in any case three kids reported the abuse.
Launched on bail, he was ordered to don’t have any contact with the victims and avoid the housing advanced. However inside weeks, Bruno, disguised as a lady, returned to the advanced and satisfied the boys’ moms that he had been wrongly accused.
The 2 boys had been satisfied to recant their police statements on the identical time Bruno continued abusing them.
Bruno testified that the sexual contact was “unintended” and stated one of many boys carried out intercourse acts on him whereas he slept.
Provincial court docket Choose Kusham Sharma stated his testimony was “inconsistent, self-serving and illogical.”
“His proof is totally unreliable and unworthy of perception,” Sharma stated in his ruling.
At a separate court docket listening to in June, Bruno was recognized as the author of an eight-page “confession” claiming accountability for the sexual abuse of a younger southern Manitoba woman – the crime for which one other man, Remi Dallaire, had been convicted.
Dallaire and Bruno had each been in custody at Headingley Correctional Centre on the identical time. Bruno later recanted, saying Dallaire had promised to pay him in return for claiming accountability for Dallaire’s crimes.
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Dallaire’s lawyer tried to make use of the confession to reopen the case however a decide quashed the transfer and sentenced Dallaire to eight years in jail. (Winnipeg Free Press)