Dangerous offender sentenced to more than a decade for sexual assault of teen girl
A man guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl was sentenced to more than a decade in prison Friday afternoon, nearly two and a half years after he was convicted.
Phillip Lionel Levac, 35, was convicted of two counts of sexual assault in June 2020.
Justice Graeme Mitchell sentenced Levac to 10 years in prison for the first offence and 14 years for the second offence. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Levac has spent most of his adult life in custody, according to Mitchell.
Factoring in his time already served in remand, Levac’s total sentence equals 10 years and three months, which will be served at a federal prison in British Columbia.
“The prospect of recidivism in Mr. Levac’s case is very high,” Mitchell said while reading his written decision out loud in court.
Levac committed two separate assaults against a girl who was 14 at the time. Both incidents took place at Levac’s Regina home in April 2018.
The victim, who is now 18, cannot be named due to a publication ban.
Levac was also charged with two counts of sexual interference stemming from the same incidents. However, those charges were stayed at the request of the crown.
Eleven witnesses testified during the trial, which began in December 2019.
Both the girl and Levac told court that they met in the weight room at the Fieldhouse and Lawson Aquatic Centre in April 2018. Levac agreed to be her trainer, but the relationship extended outside of the gym.
Evidence showed hundreds of messages were exchanged between the teenager and Levac leading up to the sexual assaults.
The teenager said she went to Levac’s house on two occasions to “hang out.” He sexually assaulted her both times.
In her victim impact statement, the teenager said she suffered from flashbacks and had difficulty sleeping long after the sexual assaults.
“I spent countless hours replaying the incidents in my head to see what I did wrong. I blamed myself for the longest time,” she said.
Although the victim has had time to heal, she said the incidents are still impacting her life.
“This might sound crazy but I forgive you,” she wrote in her statement.
“Not for you, but for myself, even though forgiving you is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.”
Justice Mitchell considered the effects of the trauma aggravating factors when making his decision.
“It is apparent that (the victim) continues to suffer severe psychological trauma,” Mitchell said.
Another aggravating factor was Levac’s lengthy criminal record that dates back to 2002 and includes violent sexual assaults among other crimes.
Mitchell ruled Levac a dangerous offender in September 2022. Public safety was one of the reasons behind his lengthy sentence.
The crown sought a 20-year prison sentence for Levac, eight years for the first offence and 12 years for the second offence to be served one after the other.
The defence recommended a 10-year total sentence.
“It’s a significant sentence but not quite what we asked for,” said crown prosecutor Roger DeCorby.
“I think (the family is) mostly relieved that the trial was over, that the convictions were entered and I think they are trying to move on from the whole process.”
The sentencing decision comes two and a half years after Levac was convicted.
DeCorby said the sentencing process was delayed because Levac assaulted a fellow inmate in the provincial corrections centre. He was charged and convicted with aggravated assault before being sentenced on the sexual assault indictments.
Following Levac’s sentence, he will be placed under a 10-year long-term supervision order. He will also be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Levac will have 30 days to appeal the decision.
CTVNews.ca Top Stories
In an unusual move, the Russian Defence Ministry broadcast that one of its newest warships, the Admiral Gorshkov, had tested the strike capabilities of a hypersonic Zircon missile in a virtual drill.
The federal Liberal government is joining the Opposition Conservatives in no longer allowing its members of Parliament to expense taxpayers for home internet services.
In an exclusive interview with CTV’s Power Play, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is praising the moves from Western countries to send tanks to Ukraine.
On Feb. 27, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country needed fighters, and foreigners were welcome to join the front line in the defence against Russian aggression. Some Canadians were among the first to answer the call.
Canada is sending four combat-ready battle tanks to Ukraine and will be deploying 'a number' of Canadian Armed Forces members to train Ukrainian soldiers on how to operate them.
For some people, relaxation looks like settling down with a nice glass of wine and the most graphic, disturbing tale of murder imaginable.
One of the planet’s most unique wildcats has been detected for the first time on the tallest mountain on Earth — Mount Everest.
Retailers and tech companies use many tools to mine consumers for data they can share with third parties, but there are steps consumers can take to protect and safeguard their personal information.
Following the deaths of more than 300 children from contaminated cough syrups in several countries, Health Canada says it's been more than a decade since similar cases were identified here.
A Saskatchewan mother says her 13-year-old daughter is being shamed for her past mental health challenges.
More than 70 cats found by the Saskatoon Fire Department from a single apartment will have to be put down, Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS) says.
Christina Martens-Funk has used a wheelchair for nearly 30 years, where getting around Saskatoon streets can be a chore no matter the time of year.
The Manitoba government is issuing a second round of cheques to help people deal with inflation in a move that critics say has more to do with boosting the governing Progressive Conservatives' chances in the next election.
A small dog - likely a Pekingese cross - is on the mend at a Winnipeg animal hospital after being attacked in northern Manitoba two weeks ago, thanks in part to a new light treatment.
Some rural Manitoba school divisions are advertising substitute teaching positions where a teaching degree or certificate is not required in an attempt to address a shortfall.
Calgary police have arrested one suspect and are still looking for another in connection to a December incident in a southwest parking lot that left the victim severely injured.
A tip from a concerned citizen led to a firearms and weapons bust by Mounties at a home in Golden, B.C.
Rookie goaltender Jaxson Stauber made it two wins in as many career starts by making 34 stops on Thursday to help the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
One of the biggest tenants in Edmonton City Centre (ECC) mall is closing its doors for good.
Derek Dupuis just happened to be outside for a cigarette Tuesday night when he saw a hatchback car smash into the side of one of his neighbours' pickups.
A chance discovery by an Edmonton area woman who was walking her dogs has turned out to be a massive fossilized bone that likely belonged to an Ice Age mammoth.
Exclusive club in Toronto fined $35K for telling man with autism he required supervision at all times
The family of a prominent Toronto artist with autism is speaking out after one of the city’s oldest private clubs demanded he be supervised at all times while using the facilities – a decision that prompted the artist to file a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
The Toronto police will be rolling out an increased presence across the TTC following a rash of violent, and sometimes random, incidents on the city’s transit system.
New video has emerged showing the moments before a Toronto man attacked his boss using two samurai swords at a North York bakery – an incident the man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for.
Ottawa police and Bylaw Services are telling residents and visitors they will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to parking, noise and fireworks violations downtown this weekend, on the one-year anniversary of the 'Freedom Convoy' demonstration.
Police in Renfrew County have arrested an 18-year-old suspect after a homicide Wednesday night.
NEW THIS MORNING
NEW THIS MORNING | What's happening in Ottawa this weekend: Jan. 27-29
CTVNewsOttawa.ca looks at things to do in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec during the final weekend of January.
A coroner's inquest into Nicole Chan's death heard testimony Thursday about the Vancouver police officer's visit to the hospital just hours before she took her own life in 2019.
'She was a nightmare': Parent, former staff member speak out on ex-principal accused of stealing $170K from East Van school
More people are coming forward after the Vancouver School Board filed a lawsuit against former principal Tricia Low, also known as Tricia Rooney.
Fourteen months after Dave Martens' chicken barns on Abbotsford's Sumas Prairie were flooded, the repairs are almost complete and he finally has birds again. Now, he's trying to keep it that way.
A 28-year-old son has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his mother Wednesday morning in Montreal's Centre-Sud neighbourhood.
In 2021, 22-year-old Taylor Halperin moved BEEhind The Lens Photography into a new home: a studio on St-Charles Boulevard in Pierrefonds-Roxboro. Early Wednesday morning, her studio and several businesses next door caught fire.
Housing in Quebec is becoming increasingly expensive and increasingly difficult to find. Data from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMGC) shows the housing crisis is worsening, both in terms of rental costs and availability. Although landlord and tenant groups interpret the federal agency's data differently, both agree: it's no longer possible to ignore the situation or rely on the market to correct it.
A Saanich, B.C., massage therapist has been banned from practising for 25 years after he secretly recorded video of female patients undressing before their appointments.
A Vancouver Island sawmill where work has been curtailed since last October will not be reopening in its current configuration, its owner announced Thursday.
The University of Victoria plans to build a mixed-use housing and commercial development on the site of its aging Ian Stewart Complex.
A soggy winter storm made its way to the Maritimes Thursday morning, with Environment Canada issuing a combination of rain, snow and wind warnings for the region.
A new report shows the rental market in Nova Scotia has been hit hard with increased demand and short supply.
A jury has delivered a guilty verdict in the 2020 murder of a Yarmouth, N.S., area man.
A 36-year-old Sault Ste. Marie woman was killed after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 17 east of Bruce Mines last week, police say.
The body of a 29-year-old Sudbury nurse was recovered Wednesday night from a lake near Parry Sound after her snowmobile went through the ice, police say.
Anyone who received a single-use needle from Réseau ACCESS Network in Sudbury in the last several months is at risk of serious infection, the group announced Thursday.
Two people are facing charges after a police officer was allegedly assaulted in Stratford.
An Ancaster mom is mourning the death of her 19-year-old son who died in a Brant County crash on Jan. 21.
Remediation work on the Region of Waterloo’s nuclear bunker is now complete, but what’s next for the Cold War-era building is yet to be decided.