A foster parent who sexually abused a girl for 11 years will spend four years in custody.
The Westside man, who can't be named to protect his victim's identity, also had a sexual encounter with another foster daughter in his home. A judge sentenced him to 30 months for two offences involving the first victim and another 18 months for inviting the second girl to touch him sexually.
He has sold his possessions and converted the family basement into a rental suite so his wife has enough income to continue living there, said his lawyer, Martin Johnson.
The parent started touching the older foster daughter in 1999. He never had intercourse with her but sexually abused her multiple times, she testified at the trial. In one incident, he put his hand over her mouth so she couldn't call out.
In her victim-impact statement, the young woman - now an adult - said he stole her childhood and destroyed her trust in people who were supposed to keep her safe.
"I felt and continue to feel hurt, afraid, angry, pain, mental distress, anxiety, feelings of disgust. I continue to have nightmares, flashbacks, disassociate from the world when things get to be too much," she said.
"In my earlier teen years, I turned to alcohol, drugs and cutting myself as a way to try and cope. I've experienced suicidal thoughts and rage at different times. Relationships have become really hard. Trust is really difficult, as is intimacy."
The younger girl endures nightmares and shame, said Crown counsel Murray Kaay, and she can't trust men. Both girls are seeing a counsellor.
The father denied any wrongdoing at trial but later admitted he lied on the witness stand. He told a psychologist he didn't plan his actions and "wanted to get my rocks off," Kaay said.
"(It's) my house. I pay the taxes," Kaay quoted him as saying.
He denied he had a sexual addiction or a sexual interest in children. A psychiatrist diagnosed him as a pedophile with a low to moderate risk of reoffending.
"(He) abused a position of trust. He was a foster parent," said Kaay. "(This is) an offender who still doesn't get it and will require a considerable amount of counselling."
The father now understands what he did to the girls and realizes he's addicted, said Johnson. He's enrolled in a 12-step program to recover, and often cries with he speaks about his crimes. He apologized to his victims in court.
He and his wife were raised in religious homes. She forgives him and the marriage will survive, Johnson said.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl Russell convicted him of two counts of inviting a minor to touch him sexually and one of sexual interference.
She barred him for four years from public places where children congregate, like parks and swimming pools, once he's released. He's registered as a sexual offender for life and banned from possessing firearms for 10 years.