Montreal metro sexual assault case ends with conditional discharge for offender

Credit to Jesse Feith of the Montreal Gazette

Moomen Rhouma, a Montreal man who pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault for touching women in the metro system, was given three years probation and a conditional discharge by Quebec Court Judge Suzanne Costom, partly because a conviction could affect his immigration status. Rhouma, then 29, admitted to touching four women on either their thighs or buttocks while they waited on metro platforms or used escalators. The charges against Rhouma were filed as summary offenses instead of indictable offenses, so the maximum sentence he could receive for each offense was two years. Rhouma arrived in Montreal from Tunisia in 2018 and is a temporary resident.

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