Friday, October 10, 2008

HIV Positive Man Gets 14 Years for Sex Assaults

WINNIPEG -- A HIV-positive Sudanese immigrant was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday for putting the lives of six young Manitoba women at risk by hiding his illness and then engaging in unprotected sex.

Clato Mabior will be deported from Canada, but only after his sentence expires. He was given double-time credit for 30 months already spent behind bars, leaving another nine years left to serve.

The Crown had been seeking up to 24 years in prison for Mabior, who was convicted earlier this summer on six counts of aggravated sexual assault, plus additional charges of invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference, in what's believed to be the country's largest case of its kind.

One of Mr. Mabior's victims was a 15-year-old girl, who repeatedly broke down in tears as she described being raped by Mr. Mabior after he lured her from a temporary Child and Family Services "shelter" inside a downtown Winnipeg hotel with the promise of drugs and alcohol. She was 12 years old at the time of the assault.

Mr. Mabior was arrested in early 2006 after an unprecedented public warning by police and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority that prompted several young women to come forward -- many of them teenage runaways. Police in Brandon, Man., Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and London, Ont., were also notified about Mabior, since he lived in each city after immigrating to Canada from Sudan in 2000.

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