Terrance James (Terry) Boudreau

Dartmouth man gets three years for molesting girl

STEVE BRUCE COURT REPORTER 
Published January 23, 2015 – 1:48pm
Last Updated January 23, 2015 – 4:23pm

A Dartmouth man has been sentenced to three years in prison for molesting a young girl over a four-year period.

Terrance James (Terry) Boudreau, 64, pleaded guilty last May in Dartmouth provincial court to charges of sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

Boudreau was sentenced this week by Judge Ted Tax, who rejected the defence’s request for a conditional sentence.

According to an agreed statement of facts, the assaults started in 1999 when the girl was seven years old and involved oral sex, groping and fondling.

Most of the abuse happened at a house in Cole Harbour where Boudreau lived with his former common-law partner.

The crimes weren’t reported to police until May 2013, when the complainant was 20.

The victim is now 22. Her identity is protected by a publication ban.

In a victim impact statement read to the court by Crown attorney Alicia Kennedy, the young woman said Boudreau’s crimes have had a devastating psychological effect on her.

“I went from a carefree child to someone my family or I didn’t even recognize,” she said.

“All it took was one time to completely change who I was. Every time he touched me after that, (he) chipped away pieces of me more and more.”

As she grew up, she suffered from an eating disorder and had difficulty sleeping.

“I still don’t sleep without pills,” she said. “I even resorted to self-harm, because I hated being in a body he once touched.”

To this day, the complainant is afraid of older men and avoids being alone with men in general.

“I’m constantly restless, constantly thinking I can’t trust the person in front of me — because I trusted him. With all I had, I trusted Terry.

“It wasn’t that he stripped me of my clothes but that he stripped me of my childhood. Growing up is something I will never get back.”

At sentencing, Boudreau said he was sorry for what the victim went through.

Defence lawyer Brian Newton asked for a sentence of 18 to 24 months and for Boudreau to be able to serve it in the community. The Crown argued for four years in prison.

The judge said a three-year prison term was required to denounce Boudreau’s conduct and deter him and other like-minded individuals.

Boudreau will be listed on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life and had to provide a DNA sample for a national databank.

Tax also imposed a lifetime weapons ban and ordered Boudreau to stay away from parks, playgrounds, pools and other places frequented by kids for 20 years after he gets out of prison.

Kennedy, the prosecutor, welcomed the judge’s sentencing decision.

“It’s appropriate for people who offend like this against a small, vulnerable child to go to a federal penitentiary,” Kennedy said.

In 2004, Boudreau was convicted in Antigonish of sexual assault and invitation to touching and received a 14-month conditional sentence and three years probation. Those offences happened in Guysborough County between January 1995 and December 1997 and also involved a little girl.