A former UQAM teacher who used to show off to young girls on the way to work will indeed have a criminal record, ruled a judge by rejecting his request for absolution.
“It is time for women and girls to be able to walk the streets without fear of falling victim to a man just because of their gender. It is time for men to understand that women are not there to have their sexual urges imposed on them, ”Judge Karine Giguère said, condemning Benoît St-Onge on Tuesday at the Montreal courthouse.
The 56-year-old former geography teacher was still teaching at UQAM when he committed his series of crimes, in the fall of 2018 and in the spring of 2019, in front of the Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, in Outremont.
And when he met schoolgirls, St-Onge would show off in front of them by masturbating, and then continue on his way to UQAM.
He thus sowed terror at the boarding school, with students who were afraid to walk in the street, others who changed their travel habits. The police had even launched spinning operations to find the exhibitionist, who was finally caught in the act.
In total, St-Onge officially claimed 12 victims, but admitted to killing up to 30, including adults. He then resigned from UQAM.
Guilty of indecent actions, the ex-teacher, however, hoped to get by without a criminal record. Because according to him, his “knowledge and skills” meant that society would be better served if he obtained absolution in order to continue teaching.
He also offered to do community service, as well as make a donation to a charity.
Except that despite a well-stocked CV and his lack of criminal history, the judge recalled that despite numerous therapies, St-Onge was still not able to explain why he specifically targeted schoolgirls.
She therefore sentenced him to two years probation, in addition to forcing him to register for 20 years on the sex offender registry.
“It is time for the whole of society to understand that any sexual act, whatever it is, is unacceptable if it is not consented”, she concluded.