Alves has a history of being charged with drugging women and sexually assaulting them. Yet he was allowed to cop a plea because such trials are difficult to prosecute, given that the victim and witness was incapacitated when the crime occured. Defense lawyers use that fact to cast doubt upon their testimony. Then of course, there are the police officers who act as judge and jury and determine in advance that a victim is unworthy or unreliable.
Louisa Russell believes at least four sexual assaults in Vancouver could have been prevented if Whistler police had adequately handled an earlier complaint involving the alleged rapist.
Russell, of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter, said Fernando Manuel Alves of Burnaby, a pub owner and former vice-president of the B.C. Ball Hockey Association, was accused by a woman in Whistler in 2005 of raping her. But according to Russell the RCMP bungled the investigation and no charges were laid. She said the police interviewed the alleged victim while she was drunk, didn't get a sexual assault examiner to collect forensic evidence and didn't allow a woman's advocate to sit with the alleged victim when she gave police her testimony.
An investigation by the Vancouver Police Department into assaults against women in Vancouver led to four charges of sexual assault and one count of administering a noxious substance.
Hi all,I have some news - as some of you may recall, the pretrial in the sexual assault case of Fernando Manuel Alves occurred last August. He was committed to trial on only 2 of the 5 counts (2 victims could not testify, and there was no "proof" that it was him who drugged me). The trial was scheduled for June 8-26, 2009.I have just heard from the Crown Counsel, who told me that he has pleaded guilty.
He accepted a plea bargain, in which he pleads guilty to my assault, but the other remaining assault charge has been dropped. The Crown is asking for 12-18 months in jail. We won't know what he gets until sentencing, which I am told will happen some time in June or July. He will be registered with the Sexual Offenders Database, and is required to provide a DNA sample for forensic records.So there will be no trial, I will not have to testify again, (though in some sick way I was looking forward to obliterating the defense laywer again :)
While this episode is by no means over for me or my family, there is finally some closure, and we are all happy about that. Some more good news on that front, the investigation into Sergeant Asshat, head of the Sexual Offenses Squad of the XXXXXX Police Department has, after significant delays, concluded that Sergeant Asshat was indeed guilty of a disciplinary default in his treatment of me, and he has been removed permanently from that department. We are very pleased about this, as future victims will not have to deal with the "re-traumatizing" I faced in dealing with this individual. ...
The judge rejected the Crown Counsel's request for a 12-18 month sentence, yet he nonetheless allowed that the convicted rapist be on the sex-offender registry for the next 20 years.
Why? It's a legal recognition that Fernando Manuel Alves is a sexual predator. Does this mean that he won't be allowed to work in any situation that could provide him opportunities to continue to prey upon women?
By the way, there are a number of predators like Alves at liberty because police officers investigating complaints of sexual assault are disinclined to take the victim - and the crime - seriously. For example this case in London, England. And of course, "Sergeant Asshat, head of the Sexual Offenses Squad of the XXXXXX Police Department" in British Columbia, Canada.