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New charge for child groper

Tim Edwards
Northern News Services
Published Friday, February 19, 2010

SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - A registered sex offender with a history of assaulting young children will face yet another sexual assault charge - this one from Aug. 15 2005, and again involving a minor.

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Bobby Kudlak faces another, older charge for sexual assault on a minor, while he awaits sentencing for a similar charge. - NNSL file photo

Bobby Kudlak has been awaiting sentencing for another sexual assault which he pleaded guilty to in territorial court on Oct. 21.

Kudlak admitted to groping a young girl in the Yellowknife Public Library on June 16, 2009, shortly after being released from serving eight months in jail for sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 12 at the Wal-Mart in Yellowknife on June 6, 2008.

No details of the 2005 charge were revealed during Kudlak's last court appearance on Wednesday. Crown prosecutor Janice Walsh is seeking to have Kudlak designated as a dangerous offender, which mean he could be jailed indefinitely.

Crown prosecutor Janice Walsh asked that the case be adjourned until March 17 so that Kudlak's newly assigned lawyer, Tom Boyd, could have more time to delve into the matter.

As well, another issue has to be dealt with before Kudlak can be sentenced.

Walsh was asked by territorial court Judge Robert Gorin on Dec. 1 to prepare a list of lawyers who had represented Kudlak in the past.

"His name rings a bell," said Gorin, who had previously been a defence lawyer in the NWT, and wanted to make sure he had never represented Kudlak as a lawyer before handing down a sentence.

Judge Bernadette Schmaltz asked about the status of this request during Wednesday's proceedings. Walsh said the search was not yet complete, but so far it appears Gorin had not represented Kudlak.

"Gorin had represented Kudlak's brother," said Schmaltz, adding that the brother, Joseph Kudlak, was designated as a long-term offender after sexually assaulting a Cambridge Bay woman in 1998 - a lesser designation to the dangerous offender application.

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