A person has pleaded responsible to sexually abusing six boys and exhibiting pornography to them and different boys in a northern Manitoba group.
Arnold Collier, 54, admitted in a Winnipeg courtroom Tuesday to the intercourse assaults between 2017 and 2020. Courtroom heard the victims had been all beneath the age of 16 and Indigenous.
Collier additionally pleaded responsible to breaching courtroom orders that he not contact a earlier sufferer from a 2018 conviction or affiliate with anybody beneath 16.
There’s a publication ban on data that might establish the victims or witnesses. The Canadian Press shouldn’t be figuring out the group the place the abuse occurred.
The Crown prosecutor and defence lawyer mentioned they are going to submit a joint suggestion of twenty-two years in jail, minus credit score for time Collier has already served in custody.
He’s to be sentenced in Thompson, Man., on Dec. 1.
Collier sat quietly behind the small courtroom as an extended assertion of info was learn into the file.
Collier is initially from New Brunswick. He moved backwards and forwards from the Maritimes to the northern Manitoba group the place he labored as a mechanic.
He was convicted of sexual interference in 2018 and was ordered to not have contact with kids or the unique sufferer.
Courtroom heard that folks nonetheless noticed boys coming and going from his dwelling after the conviction. Courtroom additionally heard ladies had been by no means allowed on the home.
The boys had been from impoverished houses, the assertion mentioned. It mentioned Collier would give them marijuana, beer and cigarettes. He
would additionally give them cash and have them sleep over, courtroom heard.
He would ask the boys to look at a film however as an alternative placed on pornographic movies, the assertion mentioned.
In some circumstances, Collier would ask the boys for sexual favours or if he might carry out sexual acts on them, the assertion mentioned. Courtroom heard some complied, feeling they needed to to maintain receiving presents. Different instances he would contact the boys whereas they had been sleeping, courtroom heard.
One of many boys instructed police in regards to the abuse in August 2020. Quickly after, a number of others got here ahead and Collier was arrested.
Following Collier’s arrest, RCMP mentioned that offering presents is a typical means offenders groom their victims.
“What occurred on this small group is devastating,” RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre mentioned on the time.
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