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Sentencing delayed for ex-Scouts Canada volunteer guilty of molesting boys

A former Scouts Canada volunteer guilty of luring and molesting boys apologized for his behaviour in court on Thursday.

“Who I am hates who’ve I’ve been and what I’ve done,” said 31-year-old Scott Stanley, reading a speech from a piece of paper. He called himself a “man who has made several mistakes” and did not act responsibly towards his victims – four boys aged 12 to 15.

“I not only failed them and their family, but I also failed them as friends and I betrayed their trust,” he said.

Last June, he pleaded guilty to sexual interference, luring and invitation to sexual touching between 2012 and 2013. Stanley was also a former City of Ottawa lifeguard and swim coach.

Crown prosecutor Suzanne Schriek is asking for a six-to-eight year prison sentence. She told court Stanley’s actions – kissing, touching and sending explicit text messages to the boys was “highly manipulative” and “highly intrusive”.

“His conduct is that of a sexual predator,” she said.

Defence Lawyer Brett McGarry is asking for three years in prison, with credit for time served. That would land Stanley another two years behind bars. McGarry is also seeking three years probation for his client.

Stanley will “punish himself for the rest of his life,” said McGarry and time in a provincial jail could offer the rehabilitation he needs. Stanley has taken responsibility for his actions and is seeking treatment, he added.

His risk of re-offence is low-to-moderate, McGarry noted, adding that Stanley has no criminal record or substance abuse issues.

The court previously heard the incidents took place in a car on the way to Scout camp and while sitting on a log around the campfire. None of the victims can be named under a publication ban.

Stanley has brown hair and glasses. He was wearing a collared black and grey T-shirt and would occasionally glance at his parents who were sitting in the courtroom.

Ontario Court Justice Heather Perkins-McVey said she will sentence Stanley on

Oct. 29.

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