Southern Alberta man with history of sexually assaulting girls guilty again

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A southern Alberta man with a history of sexually assaulting girls has been found guilty again.

Trevor Pritchard of Coaldale has been convicted of sexual assault, child luring and possession of child pornography in a case involving two 14-year-old girls.

Justice Johnna Kubik of Court of Queen’s Bench heard the case without a jury in Lethbridge.

Kubik said she found the testimony of the victims credible and did not believe the evidence given by Pritchard, who had testified in his own defence.

“A repeated denial does not make the denial more credible,” she said Wednesday.

As Kubik spoke, Pritchard went from holding his head in his hands to wringing his hands. He wiped his eyes and mouthed words to his father, who sat in the gallery.

Court has heard that Pritchard has brain damage and his main income is from a government program for the severely handicapped.

The Crown said it will apply to have Pritchard declared a dangerous offender — a designation that could see him jailed indefinitely.

Prosecutor Donna Spaner thanked the investigators in the case and the victims for coming forward.

“We also want to specifically mention the courage of the two young complainants who testified in this case … and we can’t thank victim services Lethbridge and Coaldale enough for their support of all of the individuals and their families that suffered as a result of the accused’s conduct,” Spaner said.

Pritchard, 35, is due back in court Feb. 6.

Pritchard has three prior convictions for sexually assaulting adolescent girls in 2004, 2009 and 2010.

Last April, Pritchard pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault and child luring in a separate case involving other teens and is seeking to withdraw those guilty pleas.

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