Alberta man convicted of sexually assaulting teen girls declared dangerous offender

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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A judge has declared a southern Alberta man with a history of sexually assaulting teen girls a dangerous offender, a designation that means he can be held in jail indefinitely.

Trevor Pritchard of Coaldale, Alta., has been convicted of sexual assault five times between 2004 and 2019.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Johnna Kubic says despite attending sex offender programs while in jail, Pritchard made little or no progress and continued to reoffend.

Kubic handed Pritchard an indefinite sentence in Lethbridge on Thursday.

During the dangerous offender hearing process, his victims gave impact statements describing serious negative, long-term effects on their physical and emotional well-being.

The victims said this included taking part in self-harm, struggling to maintain relationships, substance addiction, anxiety, and panic attacks. (LethbridgenewsNOW, The Canadian Press)

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2021

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