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Montreal teacher guilty of more child porn counts, faces another 110 years in jail

MONTREAL - Richard Doucet, an elementary teacher at an esteemed Montreal-area prep school, has pleaded guilty in Virginia to sex charges involving children for the second time this month.

MONTREAL - Richard Doucet, an elementary teacher at an esteemed Montreal-area prep school, has pleaded guilty in Virginia to sex charges involving children for the second time this month.

The 37-year-old mathematics and English teacher at Selwyn House school could get more than 100 years behind bars in each district and still faces several related counts in a third region.

Doucet, nabbed by police last year at a Fredericksburg hotel, pleaded guilty last Thursday to charges of attempting to take indecencies with a child, soliciting a minor for sexual activities and distribution of child pornography, said Jim Peterson, a Stafford County prosecutor.

He will get between 10 years and 110 years in jail when he is sentenced in Stafford on Aug. 3, Peterson said.

"You've got a school teacher who's teaching young kids - someone who has a lot of contact with young children who has a sexual interest in young children," Peterson said in a phone interview Tuesday.

"I think that's very scary."

On May 14, Doucet pleaded guilty in a Fredericksburg court to 25 counts of possessing child porn. He will be sentenced on those charges Aug. 14 and faces up to 125 years in prison with no chance of parole.

Peterson said it's up to the judges to decide whether the sentences in Fredericksburg and Stafford County run concurrently or consecutively.

Acting online as a 13-year-old boy, Det. John Chapman of Dumfries police alleges he had many sexually explicit web chats with Doucet over the months leading up to his May 2008 arrest.

Chapman has said they talked online about playing a game of miniature golf, where the loser would perform a sex act on the winner.

The detective has also said Doucet emailed him nude photos of boys, some of whom appeared to be as young as 12.

He and Doucet planned to meet up at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fredericksburg, but instead of getting together with a boy, Doucet came face to face with police.

Thousands of photos of nude children were allegedly found on a school laptop and compact disc that police seized from his hotel room.

Peterson said he expects the judge to hand Doucet a stiff sentence.

"Mr. Doucet, obviously, is an elementary school teacher in Canada, which I think is very serious - he travelled a great distance to have sex with this child," he said, adding the judge will have lots of latitude when it comes to sentencing.

He will also appear in a Prince William County courtroom on June 11 to face several related charges, including taking indecent liberties with a child and reproducing child porn.

Selwyn House, a private all-boys school in Montreal's upper-class community of Westmount, has been at the centre of two other sex scandals in recent years.

Earlier this month, Selwyn House computer technician Michael Kane was arrested and charged with sexual interference involving a minor.

Kane, 40, who is free on bail, was later charged with six more counts of sexual misconduct for allegedly touching four boys.

Selwyn House has assured parents that none of Kane's alleged victims attended the school.

In January, the school agreed to pay $5 million in damages to 35 former students who alleged they were sexually assaulted by teachers between the 1960s and the late 1980s.

 
 
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