Ottawa court hears chilling details of ringleader's youth
Joanne Schnurr, CTV Ottawa
Published Thursday, October 2, 2014 5:28PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 2, 2014 6:56PM EDT
An Ottawa courtroom got a chilling glimpse today into the mind of the ringleader behind that teen trafficking case; sordid details about the accused as a young bully, with a history as a sexual abuser.
Court heard today from the psychiatrist who assessed the girl who is now 18. Dr. Gregory Motayne, a forensic psychiatrist at the Royal Ottawa, dealing with adolescents, found some very disturbing traits that he said only lengthy therapy can treat. In his months of assessing the accused, Dr. Motayne found her to be quite bright but aggressive with peers since she was little; bullying to the extent that one grade school victim wanted to kill herself. There was even a sexual assault on a little boy involving the accused and her older sister when the girls were just 8 and 9. The doctor couldn't comment on the specifics of this case outside the courthouse, but spoke to CTV Ottawa about the need for therapy early on.
‘The earlier the intervention,’ Dr. Motayne said, ‘the better the prognosis.’
The girl, who was 15-years-old when arrested in June of 2012, was convicted on twenty-seven charges including human trafficking, sexual assault and making child pornography in a horrific teen pimping case.
The hearing before Justice Diane Lahaie will determine whether she is to be sentenced as an adult.
The accused has always maintained her innocence, despite fact that the two other girls involved have already pleaded guilty in a case involving seven young female victims who were dragged, drugged and beaten into having sex for money. Court learned today from Dr. Motayne that the accused ‘didn't think what she was doing was against the law’
‘She says the victims approached her and wanted this to happen?’ questioned Crown Prosecutor Fara Rupert.
‘Yes,’ replied Dr. Motayne.
Evidence presented in court completely contradicts this, as Rupert pointed out. In his testimony, Dr. Motayne discovered the accused has a 'high risk for future violence’ and diagnosed her with a conduct disorder…with narcissistic and anti-social behavior that is sociopathic in its scope.’
He painted a picture of a young girl, whose parents were divorced, whose mother was in the sex trade, whose parents both had substance abuse issues. Dr. Motayne believes this prompted feelings of abandonment and attachment issues. He said therapy for any family like this is critical. But he said it is imperative that those accused in these cases buy-in to the therapy as well.
‘If they're not actively involved,’ Dr. Motayne told reporters outside of court, ‘and haven't made up their mind to adapt to some of the strategies and skills in a more pro-social fashion and to make necessary changes, nothing will happen’
The psychiatrist says treatment will take between five and ten years. It will be up to the Justice Lahaie to decide whether that treatment happens in the community as a young offender or in an adult jail. The sentencing hearing continues on Monday.