A man who a B.C. provincial court judge said inflicted “horror and pain” on the lives of two families when he forced two young children attending his wife’s daycare to perform sexual acts has been given a four-year prison term, according to The Canadian Press.
Latif Tata, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of sexual assault on the children, who were between the ages of two and four years old when they attended Shining Stars Family Childcare in Maple Ridge, B.C., between 2010 and 2012.
At Tata’s sentencing on Thursday, Port Coquitlam provincial court Judge David Stone told the court Tata’s crimes will forever affect the lives of the families whose daughters he admitted to assaulting.
“These (victim impact statements) eloquently expressed the horror and pain experienced by all four parents as a result of these crimes,” he said.
“The parents had put their trust into Mr. Tata and his wife, and that trust was betrayed. The parents feel anguished over the pain of their children, and anticipate with dread the difficulties their daughters’ experiences have ensured.”
Tata, who was born in Afghanistan and moved to Canada from Pakistan with his family in 1994, was originally charged with a dozen counts connected to the assaults of four children who attended the daycare. The charges related to two of the children were stayed, said Crown prosecutor Wendy Wakabayashi.
Tata was arrested last December at his home, where he lived with his parents, his wife and children, and his two brothers. His wife operated the daycare in the basement.
Several days after Tata’s arrest, another girl told her mother while screaming and crying that she was molested by Tata, said Stone.
When questioned by the RCMP, Tata admitted to assaulting the two girls on “a couple of occasions” during the fall of 2012, but he denied intercourse ever took place.