Man gets ten years for sex with minor

High Court Judge Victoria Charles-Clarke has slapped Gary Jno Finn, 33, from the east coast of Dominica to 10 years in jail for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, the niece of his girlfriend.

Jno Finn pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with the minor, aged 13 years 7 months, in contravention of the Sexual Offences Act between December 2012 and March 2013.

Justice Charles-Clarke stated that she found the “aggravating factors far outweighed the mitigating factors.”

“You breached her trust, you repeated the offense more than once and as a result she was subjected to teasing by her school friends and her school grades were affected,” the Judge told Jno Finn. “You took advantage of a very young girl…you had a relationship with her sister and you felt that that was not enough for you, you sexually abused her, I hope your time spent incarcerated will make you a better person.”

The offense carries a maximum of 25 years in jail.

Justice Charles-Clarke placed the starting point of her sentence at 12 years and given his guilty plea, which give him 1/3 discount, the sentence was brought to nine years. She then added one more year for the aggravating factors which she said she was empowered to do if she so wished by law.


Jno Finn’s lawyer, Wayne Nord,e told the court that his client had pleaded guilty and not wasted the court’s time and was very remorseful for his actions.

“He is very remorseful, he is at the prime of his youth, has no previous convictions and the incident is viewed as out of character by members of the community,” Norde said.

However, the social inquiry report said that the child was “teased at school” and had to be transferred to another school because of the incident.
It also said there was a breach of trust since he was part of the family. “She trusted him like a brother, she suffered physically bleeding vagina, and she had daily reminders of it and wanted to commit suicide and had to be counseled,” the report stated.

It also said that one family member viewed him as “very helpful” and did not want him to get a “custodial sentence” and the entire community expressed “shock” at the incident.

The Facts

At the time of the incident, Jno Finn was the boyfriend of the girl’s older sister and they have twin daughters. He lived about 15 feet away from where the family of the child lived and would regularly visit the home.

In the afternoon of January 2013, after school, the child was in her bedroom reviewing her school work when Jno Finn entered her room asking for rubbing alcohol. He returned later to watch TV and entered her room and started touching and kissing her. She asked him to stop but he did not. He then placed her in a lying position held her hands down and proceeded to sexually abuse her. All through she kept telling him to stop. The ordeal lasted for about 15 minutes.

She started bleeding, with blood was running down her legs. During the incident, Jno Finn’s children were outside the house playing. He then left the room and the child went to bathe.

In February 2013, the child told her adopted sister and sister that Jno Finn had tried to have sex with her. He was confronted and he apologized.

However, he sexually abused her twice, in February and March 2013.

In April after observing her demeanor, the child’s mother took her to be medically examined. Based on the results, the matter was referred to the police and Jno Finn was arrested and later charged.

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  1. May 7, 2017

    His doesn’t have twin girls he has a twin boy n a girl this doesn’t even make sense it’s saying he tried to sexually abuse her n how is it she was bleeding wtf open y’all eyes his not a bad person yh he was wrong to touch her or what ever he did but smh this doesn’t make sense … n why did the mother stay so long after to bring her to examine hmmmm ….

  2. I hope both the perpetrator and the victim will receive professional counseling.

    The perpetrator because men guilty of sexual child abuse are prone to reoffend. This is a condition not usually cured by time served.

    The victim because she could suffer from lifetime emotional problems unless treated including:

    Dietary problems, sleeping problems, learning problems, anger management problems, depression, alcohol and drug problems, relationship problems, and more. Too often the abused later becomes an abuser.

    Often not enough attention is given to the victim especially in the case of a child. The courts have the power to prescribe treatment and see that there is proper follow up. The media have the right to see that the public know it is being done.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. (Pastoral Counselor Certificate)

  3. Tj
    April 30, 2017

    Leave the children alon, did I understand that he has twin daughters?

  4. Long Lost Dominica
    April 30, 2017

    Shame on this man for such act, you already have the sis why be greedy lil rapist…

  5. Hurting
    April 29, 2017

    Rape gets you ten years . A joint gets you thirteen years? This country is so ridiculous

  6. April 29, 2017

    No maypwee from allyou its not red verses blue you see. He should be hung and the people that saying he is a good man should think again he is a bastard, Children should remain innocent until they can give consent and have the capacity to do so. Hope he rot in jail and someone else abuse him.

  7. westfederation
    April 29, 2017

    Well done to the mother. Some of them call the children liars. You did the right thing. Hope it is an encouragement to other mothers out there. It is about time these people STOP abusing our children. And yes hope he gets what he deserves in prison.

    • Every case of sexual child abuse should be reported to the police ASAP.

      Mothers you must report it to the police even if the abuser is your husband or boyfriend, even if he is paying your bills, or giving you money or gifts. If you do not report a known case of sexual child abuse you are as guilty as the perpetrator and a party to the crime, and if you you are receiving money or any kind of benefit for your silence you are no better than a pimp.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

  8. Tj
    April 29, 2017

    The ma. Is a father to twins girls. Apologies cannot change the destruction to the child Mr. John-Finn. There are enough adults in DA. Leave the children alone! !

  9. Brokes
    April 28, 2017

    The sister and adopted sister should get just as much because they withheld the information. This lawless country is killing our children.

  10. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    April 28, 2017

    Unbelievable that he would as much as consider doing something like that to the teenager. Let us say, the devil made him do it.
    You have two young twin children. Why did you not go to talk to them, read a book to them and play with them in the yard? Shame on you!
    Your attorney tried to get a lesser sentence for you which you did not deserve.
    Consider what occurred to the teenager who trusted you. I have no doubt that her life is somewhat tarnished.
    You men who rape young girls, you will pay for it, not only by imprisonment. Refer to Holy Scripture what Our Lord said about those who cause one of these little ones to sin.

  11. 4 CALL
    April 28, 2017

    Where is his photo?

  12. Locs Girl
    April 28, 2017

    I could not continue to read this because it’s upsetting. I hope mister get all his blows behind bars!!

    • indira Ghandi
      May 1, 2017

      Why do you want him to get blows behind bars?
      I agree he is wrong,but why do the big boys like dem ministers go free and others go to jail?
      Where is justice?
      Is a poor mans child so all you just throw him in jail.
      This boy grew up with his grand mother.
      Never had a kind of guidance and supervision that a child needs.
      His mother was never there.
      All of this should have been taken into account

  13. mine
    April 28, 2017

    Please leave these little girl alone. They can be you sister, child or niece mess with womem not children. he
    gets what he deserved

  14. do worry
    April 28, 2017

    Child abuse is like drinking wine in Dominica the men are not punished enough

  15. A. George
    April 28, 2017

    WDMA. He should get more. she will never forget.

  16. Sunshine
    April 28, 2017

    Well done…. at least he didn’t walk free

  17. ganges
    April 28, 2017

    Make an example
    Of the monster your honor

  18. Anthony P. Ismael
    April 28, 2017

    All convicted sex offenders should be in Roseau from 6am to 6pm daily cleaning those dirty drains as a condition of their sentence. Our society should have zero tolerance for anyone who sexually abuses children. This should be ten years imprisonment with a “Hard Labor” component to it. Forget that Cruel and usual part of the sentence. What about the cruelty that was done to that 13 year old girl, who is forever scarred by this pig of a human being.

  19. April 28, 2017

    I hope he get what he deserve in prison .

  20. April 28, 2017

    Absolutely disgusting. Where has humanity gone? No child(and no one) deserves to go through this!

  21. April 28, 2017

    Most times pedophiles walk or get a slap on the wrist. I’m not too pleased with the time he’ll spend behind bars, feeding on taxpayers’ money but at least he’s paying for his actions. There are some sick men out there, makes me wonder what he could do to his own kids!

    • It happens in my own country also. This is an insult on all the good God fearing people on your beautiful island. However, many do not think 10 years is enough. I am especially concerned by the fact that this man has children of his own. Many perpetrators have children, nieces, nephews, and neighbor children. This is why I am pushing for mandatory counseling for both the abusers and the victims in my own country and abroad.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

  22. Titiwi
    April 28, 2017

    Again, it takes four years for a case like this to come to court!? In my book this case represents statutory rape and a delay of four years for hearing it is unforgivable. With the plethora of lawyers we have in Dominica and the the relative small population I will go as far as opining that these delays can be viewed as criminal, not by intend but criminal nonetheless.

  23. April 28, 2017

    Man like you don’t deserve the good time Stockfarm has! Man like allu have to burn and rot in hell!

  24. Apostle James
    April 28, 2017

    Good job, but if I am a government minister I can do the same damn thing and just walk away free, a hero, feeling ten times taller.
    “My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?”
    That’s exactly what Dominica has become under Skerrit. Evil is based on who does what

  25. Kermit
    April 28, 2017

    He was confronted and he apologized??? That was enough for the sister? As the little girl tell you that, you should have went to the police. It would not have happened the second time in March. Stay strong little angel.

  26. Ghost rider
    April 28, 2017

    What sexual pleasure can a grown man get from a 13 year old? A child that can be your daughter, a child maybe just entering puberty. Sick fellas!! Go look grown women if you want to experience good sex. Make a classic example of them your honor. When you take advantage of the little girls in a village, then Guess what ? your sons won’t be able to bring them home to you sick bastards as their wives or girlfriends in the future.

  27. KaliBud
    April 28, 2017

    I would also like to know if the law provides for compensation seeing the trauma the girl and her family is going through

  28. KaliBud
    April 28, 2017

    I’m sorry, but despite the pleas of relative and the community, I believe he should get the maximum sentence. He was confronted, and apparently remorseful, but then repeated the offence twice. Furthermore she begged him to stop throughout. This is the highest level of rape. I fail to see the remorse. In fact he should be given the maximum sentence for each offence, to run consecutively.

    • The fact that he repeated the act strongly suggests that he is apt to reoffend as pedophiles are known to do.

      This IS statuary rape and should be dealt with accordingly. However, it is also a symptom of the sin in our fallen broken adamic nature. Christians know God will forgive and totally cleanse the sinner who believes in the all sufficiency of Christ*s death on the cross to put his (or her) sin away. The Bible says *… … … the BLOOD of Jesus Christ (God*s) Son cleanses us from ALL sin.* (1 John 1:7) But the gospel goes even further than forgiveness. God will heal the mind. He will deliver us from the bondage of sin and set us free.
      *Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.* (2 Corinthians 5:17)

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

      • Continued:

        We cannot earn this salvation by being religious or doing good works. Nor can we buy it with money. *For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works lest any man should boast.* (Ephesians 2:8,9)

        We are told again and again in the scriptures that salvation comes – it becomes ours – by BELIEVING. *For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.* (John 3:16)

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill.

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