He preyed on the most vulnerable, using young girls to satisfy his sexual urges, sometimes as they slept, other times using force, threats or rewards.

To curb the sex drive that led to his “shocking” and “horrifying” crimes, convicted child molester Michael Ross Stratton should undergo chemical castration, Justice Paul Bellefontaine said in Oshawa court yesterday.

Labelling the former Whitby resident a long-term offender, Bellefon­taine sentenced him to 12 years in jail followed by 10 years of close supervision to protect the community.

But with credit for time served, Stratton, 43, faces only three more years in penitentiary. With eligibility for day parole in six months and full parole in 12 months, he could be out next year.

Stratton pleaded guilty last year to 13 counts of assault, sexual assault and child pornography involving nine victims, aged nine to 15, over a 14-year period.

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