Hannah Spray, Postmedia News – Jun 15, 2012
“She left scars that don’t go away,” said the mother of one of the victims.
Minogue, 39, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual interference.
Crown prosecutor Sheryl Fillo outlined how Minogue would buy alcohol for the teens while they partied at her Warman, Sask. home — about 25 kilometres north of Saskatoon — in the fall of 2010. On several occasions, she had sex with three of the 14-year olds after they got drunk on the alcohol she supplied.
The identities of the victims are protected by a publication ban.
On one occasion, Minogue was alone in her home with two boys when one asked if she wanted to have a threesome.
At first she said no, pointing out they were “too young” and she could go to jail. But the three ultimately did have sex.
On another occasion, another boy who was playing a drinking game at her house went to lie down because he wasn’t feeling well. Other boys also went to sleep in that room and Minogue commented the boy looked squished in there and invited him to sleep in her bed. She removed her clothing, started kissing the boy and initiated sex with him.
Fillo said that victim’s video statement to police was very emotional. He broke down and commented, “I didn’t want to lose my virginity to her,” Fillo said.
Afterwards, the boy went to a friend’s house. When he woke up in the morning, he “just started crying,” Fillo said.
The incidents came to the attention of police after one of the boys boasted about his experience. When police interviewed Minogue, she admitted her involvement and charges were laid.
In court, she also took responsibility for her actions.
“I would like to apologize to (the three boys) as well as to their families for my inappropriate and inexcusable behaviour,” Minogue said. Defence lawyer Mark Brayford said outside court Minogue would be the first person to admit she was “naive” while committing the offences.
“My client made some bad choices,” Brayford said. “She regrets what she did and accepts responsibility.”
Judge Barry Singer said the gravity of the offences was compounded by the fact there were three victims, a factor he took into account in his decision.
The Crown had argued for a sentence of 3 1/2 years, while the defence argued for a sentence of 12 to 18 months.
Even though Minogue was not legally in a position of trust over the boys, she was “morally” in a position of trust, said Singer, as she was responsible for the boys while they were in her home.
Singer said he also considered the fact that the provincial correctional system doesn’t have sex offender programming, while a federal institution does. Sentences of two years or more are served in the federal system.
Fillo said the Crown felt it was important for Minogue to go to the penitentiary.
“There needs to be denunciation of this type of conduct and a federal term in the penitentiary is the only thing that would be effective,” she said outside court.
Crimes: 3 counts sexual interference
Sentence: 2012, Oct – Prison sentence increased to 3 yrs prison from 2 years + restrictions (recently released from prison)
Location: Warman, SK
Update Jul 19/13: Read the Talk 650 article on her release
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