SAINT-JÉRÔME | A young woman who was assaulted more than 1,000 times by her stepfather, who now faces eight years in prison, has given a moving testimony in court to explain the impact that abuse has had on her life.
“I want you to know that I hate you. I’ll never forgive you for that,” said the 26-year-old young woman last Thursday, staring straight into the eyes of her stepfather Éric Paquin-Carbonneau. This remained frozen in the Saint-Jérôme courthouse.
The 37-year-old has previously pleaded guilty to sexual touching, incitement and sexual assault while in a position of authority over his victim.
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In total, Paquin-Carbonneau admitted to having had no fewer than 1000 full sexual relationships with his current spouse’s daughter between 2011 and 2017 in Mont-Laurier, Laval and Bois-des-Filion.
The victim requested that the court order that prevented him from declaring his family connection to the attacker be overturned.
The latter was already serving a sentence for sexual offenses against a minor in 2014, when he confided to his prison officer that he had made another victim.
At the time, he told his stepdaughter that their relationship was her “secret” and that he could teach her “tricks” with men. He claimed he covered her up in the evening before taking the opportunity to attack her.
“This man kept me from sleeping for hundreds of nights. I often missed workdays because I hadn’t slept all night,” she testified.
Despite his plea, the repeat offender is not fully aware of his responsibility, according to the lawsuit.
“Monsieur tends to absolve himself of responsibility, saying that the victim provoked him. I remind you that we are talking about a 14-year-old person. This is extremely worrying,” said Me Stéphanie Gilbert, Crown Prosecutor.
Paquin-Carbonneau displayed a certain lack of empathy, even refusing to acknowledge the impact of his actions on his victim’s life.
“What consequences? She’s more concerned that I didn’t choose her over her mother,” he would have said, according to a statement read by Me Gilbert.
However, his victim struggled to tell him “the hell” in court that he let him live for years.
“Because of you, I still have days when I want to kill myself, days when I think it’s my fault that my body disgusts me. I hope you get what you deserve. You broke me,” she said.
His courage hailed
Judge Kathlyn Gauthier thanked her for having the courage to speak out.
“Thank you for the notification. You’re a good example,” she congratulated her.
Prosecutors are asking for an eight-year prison sentence. Instead, the defense is asking for three to four years in prison.
“There is still a factual way that enabled him to denounce himself,” Me Sylvie Bordelais pleaded for his client.
►The judge will deliver her verdict next month in Saint-Jérôme.