B.C. border guard gets 2 years for sex assault

Posted by admin on Mar 4th, 2011

CBC News, Mar. 4 2011

A former Surrey, B.C., border guard found guilty of sexually assaulting three women while he was on duty has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail. A B.C. Supreme Court judge in New Westminster also sentenced former Canada Border Services Agency agent Daniel Greenhalgh to three years probation. Crown prosecutor Winston Sayson said the sentence sends a strong message to people in positions of authority.

“He broke his promise, his oath of office. The sentence imposed by the court is a clear denunciation of his detestable, despicable and disturbing deeds.”

In October, a jury found Greenhalgh guilty of three counts of sexual assault and breach of public trust.

The court heard Greenhalgh took the women, on separate occasions in 2007, to hidden locations around the customs building at the Douglas crossing into the U.S., south of Vancouver.

He then told the women to strip in order to avoid being detained at the border, and then touched their bodies.

He did not touch a fourth woman he also had ordered to strip.

Victim impact statements showed some of the women continued to have trouble with people in positions of authority and still felt humiliated and embarrassed.

Greenhalgh has never acknowledged his crimes, saying the victims fabricated the whole thing, and his lawyer says there will be an appeal.

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