Rafael Núñez | July 23, 2008 at 06:03 pm
Otto Edward Schneider, 70, was found guilty earlier this year of sexually assaulting three girls, two of whom were less than 10 years old at the time of the attacks. Schneider video taped himself raping the children. The sexual assaults occurred between January 2001 and March 2006, when he was arrested. The dates are documented by Schneider’s hundreds of hours of explicit videos.
Two of the girls involved were eight and 10 years old when the assaults started. The third was believed to be 13. The names of the victims are protected by the court and cannot be published.
Justice Robert Johnston said the young ages of the victims and the emotional damage resulting from Schneider’s actions were major factors in the length of the sentence.
“I do not see how any sentence I impose is going to make any (positive) difference to the victims or to the community,” Johnston read from his sentencing report.
Schneider will serve seven years and five months of his 12-year sentence, reduced to take in account time served while awaiting trial.
By Erin Cardone – Saanich News – email@example.com