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A’burg senior, 87, sentenced to house arrest for sexually abusing boys


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Amherstburg resident Richard James Massen, 87, pleaded guilty Friday to charges of indecent assault and gross indecency involving offences committed between 1969 and 1981 on three young boys.

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Kelly Steele  •  Windsor Star

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Feb 02, 2018  •  February 2, 2018  •  3 minute read Richard James Massen, sitting in a wheelchair, leaves Superior Court in Windsor on Feb. 2, 2018. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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Richard James Massen operated a small appliance repair shop out of his home in rural Amherstburg. 

He paid young boys to help around the yard. 

And he abused them.

Massen, 87, an Amherstburg resident, was sentenced Friday to two years of house arrest after pleading guilty to charges of indecent assault and gross indecency involving offences committed between 1969 and 1981 on three young boys. As the charges were read in court, Massen who was sitting in a wheelchair coughed and wheezed repeatedly, struggling to hear what was being said. 

In delivering the sentence, Justice Scott Campbell took Massen’s age and failing health into account. Under house arrest, Massen is allowed to leave for a few hours one day a week under supervision. He will be on probation for three years and his DNA will be put into the national sexual offenders data base. He is not allowed anywhere near young children. 

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