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A former high-ranking male guard at a Saskatchewan women’s prison has been found guilty of two counts of sexual assault for groping one inmate and kissing another without consent.
Stanley Dorie was convicted in Swift Current provincial court on Dec. 19. He was the Acting Deputy Director of the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge — a minimum and medium security federal prison on the Nekaneet First Nation near Maple Creek — at the time of the assaults in March and December 2015.
Both victims testified Dorie was a friendly, well-liked guard who often gave hugs, joked around and complimented inmates. However, his flirtatious nature escalated into behaviour that was not only inappropriate, but non-consensual, they said.
The first woman said Dorie initially made her uncomfortable when he told her she had a “nice ass” after a drug search.
She testified he started showing up wherever she was in the prison and even acknowledged that another guard had pointed it out and “maybe I have to stop wanting to come and hang out or wanting to come and see where you are.”
In March 2015, she was bending over a counter in the kitchen when Dorie grabbed her hips and pushed his groin against her buttocks, asking her “if she felt it” while smirking, court heard.
“I find that it was following a pattern of flirtatious and increasingly inappropriate conduct … that Mr. Dorie went over the line when the opportunity presented itself,” Judge Karl Bazin wrote in his decision.
The woman said she didn’t report the assault because she was two months away from parole and worried any potential institutional backlash could ruin her chance of release. However, she did tell her roommate the day it happened.
Nine months later, a second woman said Dorie came into her room and forcefully kissed her on the cheek and lips while she was lying in bed. She said she had a close, non-romantic relationship with Dorie, who she often hugged and confided in, but the kiss was non-consensual.
She reported the incident internally, but was reluctant to give a police statement, court heard. She said she changed her mind because it might prevent something similar from happening to another woman.
As a result of her statement, police asked the prison director to canvass inmates about inappropriate behaviour involving Dorie. That’s when the first victim’s name came up.
Police reached out to the woman, who was on parole. She said she wanted to move on with her life, but agreed to give a statement.
Defence lawyer Ammy Murray argued the women conspired to falsely accuse Dorie so that the second woman could sue Corrections Canada and receive compensation towards her $200,000 restitution order.
Bazin dismissed that motive, saying the evidence showed the women were not friends. He noted that the first woman never reported the incident, and questioned why suddenly, when contacted by police, she would make up a story she never intended to report, to help someone she barely knew.
He also said the second woman did not want Dorie to be charged and only gave a statement when pressed to do so.
“(She) could have easily embellished her story to unwanted touching to more intimate parts of her body if she were looking for financial gain,” Bazin wrote.
Bazin said Dorie, who denied both assaults, exploited his close relationships with both women.
He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
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