No new trial for Surrey child molester

Man had sex with and took photos and video of his step-daughter.

A man found guilty of several child pornography and sex offences some involving his own step-daughter over a six-year period has lost a bid for a new trial.

In July 2011, the man, who cannot be named as it could identify his victims, was convicted of three sexual offences against his common-law wife’s daughter, two sexual offences against the daughter’s friend, two child pornography charges and one count of uttering threats.

The man, identified as L.V.R. in court documents, was with his common-law wife for about eight years before their relationship ended in 2000. The woman came into the relationship with the daughter and the couple subsequently had a son together.

After the break-up, the daughter, who was then about eight, continued to see her step-dad.

During the trial, the daughter said her relationship with her dad became sexualized when she was 10 years old. She said it advanced to sexual intercourse when she was 13 and only stopped when a friend saw them having sex during a sleepover in 2008. The friend testified L.V.R. also rubbed her legs and thighs. The girls were both 16 years old at the time.

The friend told the daughter’s mom and police were called. During the investigation, police found 34 nude photographs of the daughter, taken when she was 14 and 15, and one video of L.V.R. having sex with her.

The evidence was found on a computer in the man’s home during the execution of a night search warrant.

At trial, L.V.R. testified the relationship was consensual and initiated by the girl.

In appealing his conviction, he argued there were no reasonable grounds for the night search and that the search warrant was issued in error. The appeal court judges, however, agreed with the trial judge, who said the seriousness of the matter and disposable nature of the items justified the night search.

L.V.R. also questioned the judge’s reliance on the transcript statement of his step-daughter, which was provided to the judge but not entered as evidence at trial, and said the judge demonstrated favouritism toward the step-daughter.

In a Sept. 12 decision, B.C. Court of Appeal Justice Mary Saunders, with Justices Mary Newbury and David Harris in agreement, rejected L.V.R.‘s contention he did not receive a fair trial and dismissed the appeal.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey man’s extensive report calls city’s policing claims ‘unsubstantiated garbage’

Surrey’s Richard Landale has taken public engagement to a whole new level

474 Surrey intersections monitored by live-feed cameras

Cameras prove to be useful tool for commuters, ICBC, RCMP

White Rock woman seeks fellow hockey players for BC 55+ Games

Sue Rittinger aiming to put Zone 3 women’s team together in time for September event

Surrey’s Eat the Dishes named finalist in Small Business BC awards

Marissa Bergeron says she ‘jumped for joy’ when she found out

Surrey RCMP investigating sexual allegation against Delta police officer

One officer suspended while the alleged off-duty incident involving another officer is investigated

VIDEO: Rare ‘ice circle’ spotted on Kamloops river

An ice circle or ice pan, has formed in the chilly waters just east of the Yellowhead Bridge

B.C. man rescued after getting trapped headfirst in well as water level rose

The rescue involved crews from Oak Bay and Saanich

Investigators in wildfire-torn Australia head to site of B.C. airtanker crash

The B.C. government sends condolences to Port Alberni-owned Coulson Aviation

Mud slide prompts evacuation in Burnaby as rain saturates southern B.C.

About 20 metres of a five to six-metre high wall gave way

Former Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole

Alan Davidson was sentenced to almost six years for abusing seven boys in the late 1970s and early 1990s

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

Here’s what Canada is doing to stop the coronavirus from getting in

Health officials are monitoring multiple possible cases in Canada

Fraser Valley poultry producer’s $130,000 fight with the CFIA earns him a red-tape award

Canadian Federation of Independent Business Paperweight Awards ‘honour’ government over-regulation

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Most Read

l -->