Man sexually assaulted in jail during teenage 'scared straight' program awarded $175K
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 4:22PM EST
VANCOUVER - A man who was required to visit a notorious British Columbia prison as part of a "scared straight" program has been awarded $175,000 in damages for a sexual assault that happened during the tour.
The man, only identified by his initials in the judgment, was 14 in the late 1970s when he was placed on probation for breaking and entering.
The B.C. Supreme Court decision says as part of his probation he was required to take a tour of the now-closed Oakalla prison and was sexually assaulted after a corrections officer forced him into a cell with five inmates.
The man's lawsuit named the British Columbia government and Roderic MacDougall, a former prison guard who was convicted for indecent and sexual assaults against prisoners.
Justice Jennifer Duncan ruled the sexual assault took place and the province is liable, but the plaintiff couldn't establish that MacDougall was the officer who facilitated the attack.
She awarded the man, who is now 54 years old, $150,000 in damages and $25,000 for the cost of future care, plus his legal costs.