Former Armstrong pastor sent to prison for abusing children

A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to four-a-half years in prison for assault

An Armstrong man is sitting in prison after  using the Bible to justify abusing his family.

B.C. Supreme Court documents indicate that a 42-year-old former pastor has been sentenced to four-a-half years in prison for assault of his three children between ages of eight months and four years. The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2012.

“There are nine specific incidents of assault using a weapon, namely, a comb, that was made of wood, one-and-a-half inches wide and nine inches long,” said Justice Frank Cole in his ruling.

“There was also another pink comb which was not marked as an exhibit or described. When the (oldest) child was three-and-a-half years old, she was crying and the offender took his comb and hit her forcefully on top of the head. He then struck her five or six times. She developed red welts on her forehead. The welts were a couple of inches long.”

When the oldest child was four-years-old, the man, who is only identified as L.I., got upset at a comment she made. He slapped her across the face with the back of his hand and then struck her arms and legs with the comb five or six times.

“The complainant (the wife) attempted to stop him, but he shushed her, and said, ‘This is the way the Bible tells us to treat children. Otherwise, they will become liars and prostitutes,’” wrote Cole.

In another case, the second child was two years old and, “pooped his pants. The offender hit him with the back of his hand on the head, calling him a dog.” When the child dumped his toys on the floor, Cole says, “the offender grabbed him, pinned him down, covered his mouth and nose with his hands and the child’s face turned red. He could not breathe.”

There were also cases of sexual assault against his wife.

“The offender was in a position of trust with respect to his children and his wife,” wrote Cole.

“He is 12 years older than the complainant. He reminded her that he was stronger than her and demanded respect. He was controlling and manipulative.”

In a victim impact statement, the wife says the abuse has left her with severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress, a fear of men, a fear of rejection, an eating disorder and a neck pain from being struck.

“The complainant says the (oldest) child has frequent flashbacks about incidents with her father, suffering from post-traumatic stress, high anxiety, has outbursts of anger and believes it is her fault that her father hit her,” wrote Cole.

The middle child also exhibits anxiety, nightmares and post-traumatic stress, while the youngest child, “suffers  from anxiety, nightmares and had issues with sleeping at night. He also displays anger and is afraid of men.”

Besides the prison sentence, there will be an order for the offender’s DNA and an order for a firearm prohibition for 10 years.