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Psychiatric assessment ordered for Surrey child molester

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A psychiatric assessment has been ordered to determine whether a man who sexually assaulted a nine-year-old girl in Surrey last year should be designated a dangerous or long-term offender.

Kyle Berkson, 36, was convicted in February of breaking into the child's bedroom and molesting her.

He has yet to be sentenced, pending a request from the Crown to have Berkson assessed – a request which was granted on Wednesday by Surrey Provincial Court Judge James Donald Bahen, who said there is "a possibility that Mr. Berkson might be designated as a dangerous or long-term offender."

Berkson's extensive criminal record extends back to 1988, and includes a sexual interference conviction in 1995 involving a five-year-old boy. Last month, Crown prosecutor Lynett Jung argued Berkson has shown an "inability to control his sexual impulses," while defence lawyer David Gable argued much of Berkson's record was about 10 years ago.

In Canada, a person designated a dangerous offender may be receive an indefinite prison sentence to protect the public from the most dangerous violent and sexual offenders. Those deemed long-term offenders can be ordered to remain under supervision up to 10 years after release from prison.

Berkson's latest victim, now 10 years old, testified during January's trial that she woke up last April to a man sitting on top of her. She said he cut the shorts she was sleeping in, molested her, licked her cheek, tried to get her to perform oral sex and threatened her. The little girl said the man sounded and looked liked Berkson, who was a friend of the family's and had been in the home several times.

 

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