A guilty plea by 58 year old Russell Wolfe has led to justice for 10 complainants who were victimized as far back as 20 years ago.
Wolfe was facing as many as 36 charges, including making child pornography and sexual assault, during an investigation by the Internet Child Exploitation Unit that started in May 2014. However, the Crown collapsed the number of charges down to 20, while still ensuring each victim was represented in the case.
Wolfe was set to go to trial in May, and Crown prosecutor Lana Morelli says "the fact that we did not have to proceed to trial in this case meant saving a lot of victims from having to testify and having to recount the horrors that they had to live".
The Crown does have the option of requesting Wolfe be labelled a dangerous offender, which carries an indefinite life sentence. The Crown has not decided yet if they will pursue that option, but if they do, defense lawyer Brian Pfefferle says he will argue against it. Pfefferle says Wolfe is "an individual who is manageable in the community", and that the charges are historical.
However, Pfefferle anticipates the minimum sentence will be at least 10 years in jail.
Wolfe will be back in court April 3rd for sentencing discussions.