MONCTON: Bharat Kumar Gadher, 61, sentenced to time served for sexual offences involving nine girls
Bharat Kumar Gadher, 61, has spent 14 months in jail, lost his IT business and is ‘practically destitute’
By Kate Letterick, CBC News Posted: Jan 18, 2017 6:56 PM AT Last Updated: Jan 18, 2017 6:56 PM AT
Bharat Kumar Gadher, 61, is a first-time offender, Moncton provincial court judge Denise LeBlanc was told.
Earlier this month, Gadher pleaded guilty to sexually touching a person under the age of 16 in Moncton between April 2014 and September 2015.
He also pleaded guilty to communicating with eight girls under the age of 18 for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from them on Dec. 5, 2014.
The court was told Gadher contacted girls through internet sites.
Crown prosecutor Karen Lee said Gadher saw some of the girls once, and some of them regularly.
Gave gifts, cash
Lee said Gadher paid the girls between $40 and $200 and provided them with phones, trips, clothes, alcohol and cigarettes.
She said the girls would come to his residence and he would serve them alcohol.
Lee told the court that he would take the girls to the bedroom where some would undress completely.
He would kiss them and ask them to grind on top of him.
She said the girls would get the gifts first and the money afterward.
He also took girls to a concert in Halifax, where he rented them hotel rooms.
Lee said Gadher thought he was following the letter of the law by not having sexual intercourse.
The court heard one of the girls was 15.
Lee told the court that it was a difficult case because many of the victims did not want to testify.
They also did not submit victim impact statements.