Former mayor of Montreal North sentenced to 6 months for sexual touching of minor

Gilles Deguire, the former mayor of Montreal North, has been sentenced to six months in jail plus probation for the sexual touching of a minor.

Quebec Court Judge Myriam Lachance accepted a joint submission from the Crown and defence for Deguire's sentence on Friday.

Deguire pleaded guilty to the charge last December. A second charge of sexual assault was dropped.

According to a statement of fact presented at the trial, Deguire kissed and touched a girl on two occasions.

One incident occurred at his cottage in the Laurentians in 2013 and another in his car in October 2015. 

On Friday, both the victim and her mother told the court about the impact the assault had on their lives.

The victim, who is now 16, said she has trouble understanding why she was assaulted. She said she often asks what she did to God to suffer.

Deguire will also serve two years of probation after his release.​

Crown prosecutor Louise Blais said she's pleased with the judge's ruling.

"We are very satisfied with the sentence. Justice has been served," Blais said. "He's an ex-police officer, and he was the mayor of Montreal North. He had the trust of the entire population."

Deguire was first elected as borough mayor in 2009. He stepped down Jan. 7, 2016, during the investigation into the case.

Before he got into politics in 1999, he had been a police officer for 30 years.