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Kelowna child molester stabbed in Okanagan jail

David James McHale is suing Okanagan Correctional Centre after he was allegedly stabbed by another inmate.
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November 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KELOWNA – A convicted child molester is suing the prison for $25,000 after being stabbed by another inmate.

David James McHale, 69, was arrested in February 2015 and charged with five counts of sexually touching children under the age of 16, four counts of sexual assault and one count of indecent assault by a male on a male. 

The case was delayed for two years while RCMP actively searched for more victims.

In April, he pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual interference of a minor. Two of the victims were under 14 years old.

According to a lawsuit filed last week, McHale says he was stabbed and punched by another inmate around 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 9 while in custody at Okanagan Correctional Centre in Oliver.

“I am a (protective custody) inmate, with a section 18 designation,” the handwritten complaint says. “This means I am to be in a protected situation at all times.”

McHale says the assault happened when one of the guards left a door unlocked and another inmate approached him.

“He came towards me and proceeded to stab at me with a sharp shank and punch my head,” he says. “He cut my hand, arm and shirt.”

McHale called it a “serious corrections breach.”

“This aggravated assault has caused me tremendous anxiety and stress. I have nightmares and don’t sleep very well now. My safety was jeapardized.”

He’s seeking $25,156 for “safety, security breach injuries and mental health issues.”

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