A sentencing hearing was held April 12 for Andrew Mullaly for the ongoing sexual abuse of a girl between the ages of 11 and 16. (Facebook)

Young girl sexually, mentally tormented for five years by Chilliwack man

Andrew Mullaly mercilessly assaulted and extorted unnamed victim from age 11 to 16

A Chilliwack man who sexually and mentally abused a young girl over the course of five years will likely face just one year in jail.

Andrew Mullaly was charged with sexual assault, extortion and possession of child pornography for the merciless abuse he foisted upon a girl from the time she was 11 until she was 16 when she reported the abuse to police.

Mullaly offered an emotionless apology to the court during a sentencing hearing in provincial court in Chilliwack on April 12.

“I’m very sorry for what I have done and I’m going to work hard at getting the help I need to be a better person,” he said.

That after the court heard explicit details of how Mullaly inflicted what he called “punishment” on the girl who cannot be named due to a publication ban. From the age of 11 when the now 37-year-old decided the girl had developed body of a woman, he began by forcing her to strip naked, pose, jump around, and engage in other humiliating acts. At least one he also filmed her while she showered.

All along Mullaly threatened the girl that if she ever told anyone he would “take everything away from her” and ruin her life, Crown counsel Grant Lindsey told the court reading from an agreed statement of facts.

The abuse started when Mullaly found a photo on a phone of the girl that she had sent to a boy. He began to enact his form of “punishment” on her that involved the naked acts, threatening to tell her mother.

The multi-year abuse and humiliation finally expanded to sexual touching, hitting the girl in the breasts and genitalia, followed later by rough penetration.

On one occasion the victim reported to police that “he said ‘I feel like a molester,’” Lindsey told the court. “He said ‘I could go to jail for this.’”

During some sexual assaults she would cry and he would tell her to stop, or even cover her head because “it makes me feel bad.”

When the victim finally did go to police in February 2018, an investigation was started. He was arrested quickly and he admitted to the assaults.

• RELATED: Former Chilliwack sports coach charged with sexually assaulting youth

Lindsey also read from a victim impact statement where the girl relayed the significant impact from the years of abuse.

“I feel used, manipulated, hopeless, ashamed… I don’t feel comfortable around male adults including teachers.

“I have no idea who I can or can’t trust… I feel empty inside and it’s difficult to find happiness.”

The victim was in court during the sentencing hearing supported by her mother and several other people. Mullaly’s wife and two other older women were in court supporting him.

While Lindsey said Mullaly had taken responsibility for his actions by way of a guilty plea, there was some dispute if he really fully admitted to all the sexual assaults considering he said the abuse happened “five or six times,” yet he admitted to enacting the punishment “whenever he wanted.”

Judge Andrea Ormiston asked Lindsey how the Crown characterized the “punishment” over five years.

“Initially he was charged with extortion,” Lindsey responded. “I’m willing to stay that [criminal charge] provided we have an acknowledgement that he did those things. It helps explain the damage that was done to her.”

The joint submission between Crown and defence counsel Darrel Schultz included one year in jail followed by 18 months probation. Some of the conditions of that probation include a no-contact order, not consuming drugs or alcohol, not accessing pornography, attending counselling, and not erasing search histories on electronic devices and allowing access to those devices by a probation officer.

Schultz told the court that the jail term will have an impact on his work as a handyman, and on his family who will suffer while he is incarcerated.

“They are not the victims here but there is victimization enough to go around from Mr. Mullaly’s conduct,” Schultz said. “He is very regretful for that.”

While the sentencing hearing involved a joint submission, the hearing pushed up against the end of the day on April 12 and Judge Ormiston adjourned the matter to a future date because, she said, the case is serious and required her to fully consider the submissions.

A date for that decision was set to be scheduled on Monday.

• RELATED: Underage sex trial for Chilliwack David Lee Roth impersonator continues

• RELATED: Former Chilliwack sports coach charged with sexually assaulting youth


@PeeJayAitch
paul.henderson@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Comments are closed

Just Posted

VIDEO: Feds announce $45 million for flood mitigation near Chilliwack

Six km of new diking will be built to protect Skway, Shxwha:y Village and Chilliwack property

Chilliwack council asking Competition Bureau to investigate gas prices

City councillor says ‘I think it’s fair to say we are being hosed’ here in the Lower Mainland

Wheelchair basketball’s Ben Hagkull inspires Cheam elementary school students

The Chilliwack native and member of the Canadian national program spoke at his former school.

New Chilliwack cycling organization focuses on seniors

Volunteer ‘pilots’ carry those with mobility issues on trishaws

Judge questions joint submission for Chilliwack man who sexually assaulted girl

Crown, defence ordered to find case law to back up one-year sentencing for Andrew Mullaly

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

COLUMN: Keep your camping coordinates a secret this season

‘There are simply too many people in the back country,’ says Progress reporter

Most Read