Former Mountie appealing conviction and sentence in child abuse case

The former Ottawa Mountie sentenced to 15 years for restraining, sexually abusing and torturing his young son in the basement of his family home is appealing his conviction and sentence.

In an appeal filed April 25, the former Mountie claims the judge in the trial erred by not giving adequate weight to the testimony of a psychologist called by the defence.

The psychologist had argued the Mountie is not criminally responsible for abusing his son due to severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a dual personality disorder as a result of being sexually assaulted several times as a young boy.

But the appeal claims Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger rejected that opinion and gave too little weight to the psychologist's testimony when determining the sentence.

Maranager had said in delivering his judgement that what the man had experienced "doesn't absolve him of the high degree of moral blameworthiness" in the case.

Wife also sentenced to 3 years

In November of last year, the man — who was suspended with pay from the RCMP at the time — was found guilty of aggravated assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and failing to provide the necessaries of life.

He was fired by the RCMP three weeks later,  on Dec. 11.

His wife, the boy's adoptive mother, was found guilty of assault with a weapon and failing to provide the necessaries of life, and was handed a three-year sentence in January.

The pair cannot be named due to a publication ban that protects the boy's identity. He was 11 when his parents were arrested in February 2013, not long after his second escape from the basement where he was tied up, starved and abused.

The boy weighed just 50 pounds when he was admitted to hospital for treatment after escaping.