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Former Saanich nanny sentenced to eight years in jail for youngster intercourse offences

VICTORIA – A former nanny from Central Saanich was sentenced to eight years in prison for sex crimes against children.

Jonathon Robichaud was sentenced to eight years in prison in Victoria on Monday, followed by 25 years in prison.

He was found guilty on eight counts, including sexual assault, providing sexually explicit materials, possession of child pornography, two invitations to sexual touch, and three cases of child pornography.

His victims were between six and eight years old, the court heard on Monday.

Saanich Police opened an investigation in 2018 after a family contacted police about concerns about their two Robichaud-cared for sons.

The investigation led to the discovery of a “significant” amount of sexually explicit images and videos involving children in Robichaud’s possession, Saanich police said.

At the hearing on Monday, Judge Geoff Gaul said Robichaud had “clearly acted predatory” and seriously abused his clients’ trust.

He added that Robichaud was deceiving families by offering lower prices compared to other nannies in the area.

After his release after his eight-year prison sentence, Robichaud must follow a list of conditions of release under Section 161 of the Canadian Criminal Code for 25 years.

He must provide DNA samples and register as a sex offender. He must not visit parks, pools, or places that are expected of a person under the age of 16, and he must not have contact with anyone under the age of 16.

He must also be at least 500 meters from the victims’ homes or workplaces and must not seek employment that puts him in a position of trust or authority for anyone under the age of 16.

Additionally, he will lose his phone, computer hard drive, and flash drives, and will be exposed to limited internet access.