Crown seeks dangerous offender status for serial rapist

Serial rapist Charles Henry Desjarlais will undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine if he qualifies for a dangerous offender label.

Crown prosecutor Karuna Ramakrishnan on Friday asked for the assessment, which could result in an application for Desjarlais to be locked up indefinitely.

Ramakrishnan sought the assessment after provincial court Judge John Bascom denied her application to adjourn the Crown’s request to March.

Ramakrishnan had sought a delay so a doctor who performed a pre-sentencing assessment on Desjarlais over a previous sexual assault, who isn’t available for much of the next two months, could prepare the report.

But defence counsel Mitch Stephensen said his client was opposed to delaying being tested by staff at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre (SAFPC).

“Mr. Desjarlais has been co-operative all along with respect to the anticipated dangerous offender application, but he opposes this delay,” Stephensen told Bascom.

“SAFPC is prepared to do the report and another doctor could be

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