Courts - Canada - Judge jailed
Former B.C. judge imprisoned for seven years
The former B.C. provincial court judge
who pleaded guilty to breach of trust and sex charges involving
prostitutes as young as 12 was sentenced to seven years in
prison in the B.C. Supreme Court in Prince George on Tuesday.
David Ramsay, 61, pleaded guilty to three counts of buying
sex from minors, one count of sexual assault causing bodily
harm, and one count of breach of trust relating to the duties
as judge in May. The incidents were dated from 1992, the year
after Mr. Ramsay was appointed to the bench, to 2001, involving
four young Aboriginal girls who were aged 12 to 16 at the
time of the assaults.
He was sentenced by B.C. Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice
Patrick Dohm in Prince George.
The Globe and Mail reported that in one instance he picked
up a 16-year-old prostitute and attacked her when she tried
to use a condom.
He smashed her head against the dashboard of his car until
she struggled to escape and ran. He caught up to her and sexually
assaulted her until she fled.
She recognized her attacker when she appeared in the courthouse
as a witness for another case.
Police began investigating in August, 1999 when they first
received a complaint about Mr. Ramsay.
He was removed from duty in the summer of 2002 when B.C. Chief
Judge Carol Baird learned he was the subject of a criminal
investigation. He resigned in October, 2002, the day special
prosecutor Dennis Murray was appointed to investigate the
B.C. Attorney-General Geoff Plant says his ministry may review
Mr. Ramsay's past rulings to determine if any are questionable.
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