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Kelowna, British Columbia – Born male and originally known as Rhiley Melvin Carlson, Jeremy Melvin Carlson is a 28-year-old child molester who identifies as a woman and is in the process of transitioning.

Between December 2015 and September 2016, Mr. Carlson abused a position of trust, touching an eight-year-old girl with his hand and penis on nine occasions for his sexual gratification. The abuse ended when the child told her mother, who reported the crime to police.

In November 2017,  Mr. Carlson pleaded guilty to assault, sexual interference of a person under the age of 16, and sexual interference of a minor. He blamed his criminal sexual abuse of the child on the young victim, his own struggles with gender identity, heavy marijuana use and depression. He insists he is not attracted to children, but had “poor sexual boundaries” at the time due to confusion over his gender.

The child Mr. Carlson victimized now suffers from depression, anxiety and nightmares, and has become reclusive and private, the court heard. Judge Monica McParland shed a few tears as the girl’s mother read the victim impact statement before the court during the sentencing phase.

Claiming the judge was not objective, Mr. Carlson’s defense attorney, Jacqueline Halliburn, applied legal pressure in an attempt to compel the judge to recuse herself from the sentencing.

The judge refused to remove herself from the case, stating that expressions of human compassion do not indicate judicial bias. The Supreme Court of Canada and the Canadian Judicial Council “both agree that judges are human; they are not expected to be robots,” Judge McParland said.

The judge sentenced Mr. Carlson to 14 months in prison, to be followed by 24 months of probation. As a condition of probation, Mr. Carlson must undergo psychiatric treatment, and will be barred from being alone with a child under 16 and from visiting areas frequented by children. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

In September 2018, Mr. Carlson sought to retract his guilty plea, claiming through attorney Jacqueline Halliburn that he was not fully informed when he entered the plea.

Two months later, Mr. Carlson shocked the court and media by withdrawing the application and allowing his guilty plea to stand.

 

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Convicted child sex abuser given 14-month jail sentence

Local News
The sexual abuse of an eight-year-old girl has resulted in a 14 month jail sentence for her assailant. Jeremy Melvin Carlson, also known as Rhiley Melvin Carlson, was handed the jail sentence Friday, more than a year after she pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual interference against a young person.

Kelowna man repeatedly molested eight-year-old, judge hears

InfoTel.ca
KELOWNA – A local man in the process of changing his gender admitted in Kelowna court he molested an eight-year-old girl nine times in less than a year. Judge Monica McParland wiped tears from her eyes as the victim’s mother read a statement to the court today, April 30.

B.C. judge who cried during a victim statement won’t recuse herself from sentencing

National Post
KELOWNA, B.C. — A provincial court judge in British Columbia who wiped away a tear during a victim impact statement in a sexual interference case says she won’t recuse herself from sentencing because there’s no reliable evidence of bias.

Kelowna man seeks to retract guilty plea in child-sex case

Kelowna Daily Courier
A Kelowna man who pleaded guilty to sexually interfering with an eight-year-old girl is applying to have his guilty plea withdrawn.

Accused in molesting case opts to stick with guilty plea

Kelowna Daily Courier
Friday brought yet another twist in a Kelowna case of sexual interference with a minor that has served up a series of twists and turns during the past year. Jeremy Melvin Carlson, who is undergoing hormone treatment to transition to a women and is now known as Rhiley Carlson, did an about-face that shocked Judge Michelle Daneliuk and media in courtroom No. 8 at the Kelowna Law Courts.

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