Dismissed on appeal, Edgar Fruitier will serve six months in prison

Upon appeal, Edgar Fruitier will serve six months in prison

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Theatre man Edgar Fruitier has been unsuccessful on appeal and will have to serve six months in prison for sex crimes committed in the 1970s.

“&nbsp ;The court orders Edgar Fruitier to surrender to prison authorities before September 19, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.,” reads the decision rendered Monday by the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Fruitier, 92 years, challenged his conviction in connection with indecent assault on a teenager, when he was in his forties. 

Edgar Fruitier. Guilty

The music lover, who notably lent his voice to the character of Mr. Burns in the series The Simpsons, had taken advantage of the victim who worked for a summer theater in the Eastern Townships.  

Touching

According to the evidence against him , Fruitier had offered to accommodate the teenager at his chalet, where the first attack took place. Then 44 years old, Fruitier had grabbed the genitals of the 15-year-old teenager. The boy then considered the music lover as his “big brother”. 

Fruitier then committed similar acts on two other occasions, in 1976, at his home in Brossard, where the young man had been hired to do housework. 

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During sentencing, trial judge Marc Bisson insisted on the importance of denouncing sexual crimes against minors and on the importance of a deterrent sentence, even if the crimes dated back several decades.

“It is not an empty word to say that the judgment on the sentence pronounced against the appellant is searched, added the Court of Appeal on Monday. The judge dwells on all the relevant facts that emerge from the file. ”

Protecting children

Quebec's highest court then recalled the scope of a judgment by the Supreme Court of Canada, which toughened the sentences against those guilty of sexual crimes on children.

“Drawing on this decision and based on the current understanding of child sexual abuse, the trial judge correctly addressed the issue of determining the sentence”, it is indicated.

Fruitier hoped for the clemency of the court so that the incarceration would be replaced by a suspended sentence, because of his advanced age, his state of health and the non-intrusive nature of touching, despite the trauma suffered by the victim.

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