Dollard des Ormeaux sex offender William Parsons has been released on bail pending an appeal of his January 2012 conviction.
Parsons, now 72, was found guilty of sexually abusing three little girls at his late wife’s Dollard des Ormeaux daycare five years ago. Parsons was sentenced Nov. 22 to three years in jail.
In a four-page ruling, dated Dec. 11, Quebec Court of Appeal Judge Jacques Fournier stated the public’s interest would not be served by Parson’s immediate detention and, released Parsons.
In reaching his decision, Fournier noted that Parsons was free on bail during his trial and that he respected his bail conditions during that time. He said it was unlikely that Parsons would recommit an offence.
However, he ordered that Parsons abide by a number of bail conditions.
Among them: he must reside at his present home in Dollard; report every second Monday to police at the SPVM’s Station 4; and abstain from having any contact – including communicating by any means – with a person who is under the age of 16 years without the supervision and the presence of a person of 18 years or older.
No date has yet been set for Parson’s appeal, said René Verret, a spokesperson for the crown.