A girl was sexually molested several times by a 25-year family friend, a man they looked up to as a police hero, a court heard yesterday.

“You wore a badge to serve and protect but you were the person we needed to be protected from,” the mother of a 16-year-old who had been molested several times when she was five or six told Donald MacCallum in a victim impact statement.

In September, the respected Toronto police sergeant pleaded guilty to eight counts of sexual interference and two counts of sexual exploitation.

Justice Peter Wilkie will sentence MacCallum in January for sexual offences against 10 girls who were aged five to 15 between 1996 and 2004.