By Kevin Martin
CALGARY - Sending a blind sex offender to prison would violate Canada's United Nations obligations over the treatment of disabled persons, a Calgary judge ruled Tuesday.
As a result, former paralympian [name withheld] will instead serve 18 months probation, during which he will remain under house arrest, provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux said.
Steven Sehaal testified [name withheld] would face numerous difficulties if sentenced to a period of incarceration at the facility.
Crown prosecutor Vicki Faulkner had argued a jail term of 18 to 24 months was warranted after [name withheld] groped a female friend as she slept.
But Miller produced a copy of a UN agreement to which Canada is a signatory.
"The defence has made rather unique submissions in which it argued that a sentence of incarceration is in breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities," Lamoureux said.