A former teacher who lured a hundred teenagers leaves the penitentiary

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A former teacher of physical education in Sherbrooke who lured 108 young people through fake Facebook profiles got his parole Tuesday after serving about half of his 11-year sentence.

Simon Fortier will shortly be leaving the minimum security penitentiary in Laval to live in a transition house specialized in sexual offending. 

However, in order to protect society, the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) imposed psychological counseling and an obligation to disclose all of his intimate or friendly relationships with people with children.

The 36-year-old man pleaded guilty in 2016 to numerous counts of computer luring, possession and production of child pornography, incitement to sexual touching and extortion, among others.  

Through fake Facebook profiles, the former teacher targeted girls from 8 to 17 years old. 

Fortier offered to the victims to join a agency of models, but these first had to prove to him that they did not fear to undress in front of their webcam.  

He even demanded that girls masturbate with objects or commit acts of bestiality, otherwise it would broadcast the clichés on social networks.  

“You took advantage of the vulnerability and accessibility of victims to satisfy your own sexual needs,” said Commissioner Jessie Landry-Marquis, who presided over the hearing with her colleague Katia Bustros. 

He walked

Held since his arrest in the fall of 2014, Fortier has served about half of his 11-year prison sentence. 

He took advantage of this time to make “an interesting journey and introspection,” noted the PBC, granting him his parole. 

Fortier even admitted to having killed more than the 108 young people for whom he pleaded guilty. 

“[Before], I was comfortable in my idea that all the girls show up on their camera anyway. I said to myself: “Me, it is not the same [as the aggressors], I do not meet them, I do not touch them” “, he testified Tuesday. 

“I did not see it was me disgusting. The fact that it is virtual, it’s not better, “he continued, adding that he may have even unconsciously chosen the teaching profession to get closer to girls. 

Fortier, whose risk of reoffending is rated moderate to high, now wants to work as a cook or as a road-signter and stay as far away as possible from a computer.

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