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Man who abused boy 30 years ago avoids time in jail

Feb 21 2012

Richard Lorne Hall has been handed a conditional sentence of two years less a day for indecent assaults that began in 1979 when he was 20 and his victim was a 12-year-old boy.

Crown prosecutor Christine Lowe said Monday the ruling is the equivalent of "a jail sentence served in the community" that places a number of conditions on the activities of the now 52-year-old Hall, who pleaded guilty in the case.

Those conditions include maintaining a curfew, having no contact with males under 18 except when with an approved adult, and staying away from such places as parks, schools and swimming pools.

Hall's victim, now 44, still suffers from the effects of the what happened to him and wrote a victim-impact statement this month that was "heartbreaking in its eloquence," said Western Communities provincial court Judge Anthony Palmer. The indecent assaults, including fondling and oral sex, continued for about three years.

The victim's statement described how he went from a typical kid to someone wracked with shame. He said he became estranged from friends and family.

Hall was found guilty in 1999 on four charges of sexually assaulting teenage players in the 1980s while he was a coach in the Oak Bay Minor Hockey Association. He was sentenced to five years in prison but it was reduced on appeal in 2000 to a two-year community sentence plus three years of probation.

jwbell@timescolonist.com

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