Dangerous offender hearing continues in Yk

A dangerous/long-term offender hearing continued in Supreme Court in Yellowknife Thursday.

33-year-old Cody Durocher is a repeat sexual offender with at least one of his crimes coming against an underage girl.

Durocher, who was born in Yellowknife before relocating to Alberta with his family, was convicted in 2016 of a 2014 sex assault on a 13-year-old girl in the Hay River high rise.

That event made national news when it was discovered that RCMP instead of taking the victim to the hospital threw her in jail for breaching court orders.

Durocher has been housed in the medium-security Bowden Institution in Alberta where he was examined by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Alberto Choy.

Choy testified on Thursday that Durocher is a high-risk to re-offend.

Choy said that Durocher told him that he was sexually assaulted as a youth himself, possibly by his aunt.

Durocher reportedly recently dropped out of a high-intensity program for sex offenders, but has enrolled in a new version of the program geared toward Indigenous offenders.

Judge Louise Charbonneau is deciding on the sentence for the Hay River sexual assault as well as the dangerous offender status which could see Durocher imprisoned for an indeterminate length of time.

 

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