Man receives seven-year prison term for Frame Lake Trail attack

Frame Lake Trail
Yellowknife's Frame Lake Trail.
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A 45-year-old man who sexually assaulted a woman on Yellowknife’s Frame Lake Trail will spend seven years in prison.

Charlie Simon pleaded guilty in February to aggravated sexual assault after attacking a 23-year-old woman last June. He was sentenced on Friday afternoon.

Yellowknife’s territorial court heard that, on the night in question, Simon and his victim had been drinking with another man near the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool.

The woman passed out after the other man left, at which point Simon attacked her.

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That assault left the victim in need of four-hour emergency surgery, followed by ongoing treatment for lasting physical and mental effects.

Judge Robert D Gorin termed this the worst such case he had seen. Simon and his victim had known each other for several years.

Simon, originally from Fort McPherson, spent months hiding from police. In November, he turned himself in and admitted his guilt.

The court heard his life had been marred by a series of family tragedies, sexual abuse, and violence.

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