Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Sudanese immigrant has been convicted of endangering six young women by hiding his HIV-positive status and engaging in unprotected sex

Clato Mabior, 31, now faces likely deportation after what's believed to be Canada's largest case of its kind. Queen's Bench Justice Joan McKelvey said Mabior's conduct was "deplorable and despicable . . . and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Those that are infected with HIV cannot inappropriately and indiscriminately engage in sexual relationships for their own pleasure without regard to the consequences to others." Mabior was convicted on six of nine sexual-assault allegations, plus additional charges of invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference. One of Mabior's victims was a 15-year-old girl who repeatedly broke down in tears as she described being raped by Mabior after he lured her with the promise of drugs and alcohol from a temporary Child and Family Services "shelter" inside a downtown Winnipeg hotel. She was only 12 years old at the time. "The accused preyed upon these vulnerable women, many of whom were underage and came from significantly compromised circumstances. Further, these women were supplied with alcohol and/or drugs, and lured into a sexual relationship by a sexual predator," said McKelvey. Mabior was arrested in early 2006 after an unprecedented public warning by police and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority that prompted several young women to come forward - many of them teenage runaways. Police in Brandon, Man., Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and London, Ont., were also notified about Mabior, since he lived in each city after immigrating to Canada from Sudan in 2000.

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