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More oddities revealed in sentencing from a slumber party gone very wrong

November 13, 2013 - 4:18 PM

KAMLOOPS - Inappropriate events at a slumber party have landed one man three years probation, but if the Crown had it's way — he'd be in jail.

The Crown recommended jail-time and sex offender treatment for the Chase man responsible for 'bizarre and troubling' events at a teenage sleepover in 2011.

The court ordered a psychological assessment of Shawn David Henry prior to yesterday's sentencing hearing. He was found guilty of multiple charges including assault with a weapon, criminal harassment and possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes after a trial.

Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan recapped the incident leading to Henry's charges yesterday in B.C. Supreme Court. Henry's teenage daughter had a 14-year-old friend over for a sleepover when he traumatized them over a three-hour period with threats, graphic stories of kidnap, rape, murder. He also called them names and spoke of 'roof stalkers,' whatever that is. Henry also pulled out a rifle and demonstrated how a belt may be used as a weapon.

Flanagan called the incident 'bizarre' and called the psychological assessment report 'unhelpful.'

"We have a 40-year-old man who criminally harasses (teenagers)," he said. "Why would Mr. Henry do this?… Does he do this for pleasure? Is it a compulsion? Is it idle experimentation? I don't know. That is very troubling."

He added that Henry has filed more than 60 complaints to RCMP.

"It illustrates an unusual combination of two things: Mr. Henry's hostility toward the justice system, yet his repeated request for assistance from police," Flanagan said.

He recommended jail-time of six to nine months to rehabilitate Henry, who denied the incident took place and instead blamed the girls for contriving the story.

He offered a 12-month conditional sentence order as a second option, requesting additional conditions including limiting any unsupervised contact with girls under 16, sex offender treatment programming for a 'bizarre sexual element,' a weapons prohibition of at least five years and a DNA sample.

Defence lawyer Ken Walker called sex offender treatment unnecessary in these circumstances — there are no sexual convictions against Henry — and said the entire situation arose after a cultural funeral the day before, greatly impacting Henry. Walker said the court must rely on the expert report.

"He finds he is not suffering from any mental disorder," Walker said.

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