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12/22/2006 11:32am,
Former Brampton city councillor could face prison sentence

Pam Douglas

A former Brampton city councillor could be sent to prison or put under house arrest for molesting boys more than 30 years ago while he was a sensei at a Brampton judo club.

Ed Ludlow, 65, apologized to his victims, the court and his family Wednesday during a sentencing hearing to decide his fate.

"I regret and am sorry for what I've done," he told the court.

Crown Attorney Paula Thompson asked Mr. Justice Bruce Duncan to send Ludlow to prison for 2 1/2 to 4 years, citing the molestation involved "multiple victims over an extended period of time."

Ludlow's lawyer, Mitchell Worsoff, told the judge a conditional sentence that would see Ludlow confined to home for a period of time is an appropriate sentence, noting Ludlow did not use "violence or threats" to carry out his crimes.

Ludlow himself told the judge he has suffered since being charged and each of the hardships "is a sentence in itself.".

Mr. Justice Bruce Duncan will announce his fate Feb. 9.

"I was teaching judo and I liked these boys. We did a lot together," Ludlow told the court. "There was no forcing, but my actions were wrong and I've lived with this for many years."

A psychiatrist's report says, "clearly I'm not a predator and it clearly says I'm not a risk to the community," he said.

"Those events happened over 30 years ago and it was a time that I strayed, but I have not strayed again."

Ludlow pled guilty to four counts of gross indecency. He admitted molesting four youth between 11 and 15 years of age between 1971 and 1975 when Ludlow was the master instructor at Tora Martial Arts. The incidents of fondling and masturbation happened after massages Ludlow gave to the boys, court was told.

Thompson told the court some of the boys had masturbated Ludlow, too, at his request.

A publication ban protecting the identities of the victims is in place. One victim was in court for Wednesday's sentencing hearing.

Ludlow, a Mormon, confessed to the bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was allowed to remain a member in good standing. He helped out at a camp for more than 200 young boys in 2000.

Peel police charged Ludlow in March 2005 following a six-month investigation. The victims told police the incidents happened at Ludlow's homes in Toronto and Brampton, in the judo club at Earnscliffe Recreation Centre and in a trailer at a private campground in the Oro Station area.

The charge of gross indecency no longer exists in the Criminal Code of Canada, but the charge was laid according to the criminal code from the early 1970s.

Ludlow, a retired sales professional, represented Ward 8 on city council between 1988 and 1991. He ran for a regional seat in Wards 2 and 6 in the 2003 municipal election.

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PizDoff
2/16/2007 10:17pm,
Former councillor jailed for six months
PAM DOUGLAS
Former Brampton City Councillor Ed Ludlow has been sent to jail for six months for sexually molesting boys in the 1970s while he was a sensei at a Brampton judo club.

Ludlow, 65, pleaded guilty to four counts of gross indecency and was sentenced Friday by Mr. Justice Bruce Duncan. He will be jailed for six months and on probation for a year after his release. His name will be added to the sex offender registry and will remain there for 10 years, Duncan said.

Duncan rejected the request of defence lawyer Mitchell Worsoff that Ludlow serve his sentence at home. He gave Ludlow six months for each of the four victims, but the sentences will be served concurrently.

Ludlow's wife was in court and later cried in the hallway following the judgment.

One of Ludlow's victims, now a 48-year-old married father, expressed his disappointment following the ruling that the sentence wasn't longer.

"I'm not happy with the length of the sentence," he said.

He said he believes there are a lot more victims out there, but "after all this time they didn't want to come forward. They didn't want to put their families through this."

Ludlow was in a position of trust, an instructor and later the master instructor at the Tora Martial Arts club in the 1970s when the assaults happened, Duncan said in his ruling. The victims were approximately 12 and 13 years of age when the abuse started between 1971 and 1975. The incidents of fondling and masturbation happened after massages Ludlow gave to the boys at the club, in his Brampton home and at his fishing trailer in Oro Township, court was told.

"Often the boys would be brought to ejaculation; sometimes the defendant would have them reciprocate," according to Duncan's ruling.

"One boy was subjected to about six such assaults over three years, one boy recalled three or four instances. The other two boys referred to one incident."

No drugs, alcohol, threats or pornography were used during the assaults, and there was no penetration, Duncan noted.

"The defendant is not a present danger to the community," Duncan said in his decision. "His present age, his ability to police himself and spontaneously stop his conduct support that conclusion."

He pointed to the fact there had been no other reports of assaults beyond the 1970s.

A psychiatrist's report confirmed Ludlow is a "low risk to re-offend," Duncan said.

"While it may be that the defendant continues to delude himself as to his sexual preferences and the reasons for his offending in the first place, the fact is that he has his behaviour under control."

Duncan called the assaults planned and premeditated, and rejected Ludlow's assertion that he had simply succumbed to the physical closeness that Judo involved.

"Even if it were true with respect to the first incident, it is clear that the defendant went out of his way to put himself repeatedly in similar circumstance of temptation."

But Duncan also didn't agree with the Crown that preying on young boys was the only reason Ludlow was involved in Judo.

"If such were the case, I would have expected more victims and more instances of abusive behaviour," Duncan ruled.

Ludlow pleaded guilty and took responsibility for his crimes in court and at his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Duncan said.

"However, it must be said that he has, to some extent, hedged his admission of responsibility. His claim of having succumbed to temptation has already been mentioned. He also apparently told his fellow parishioners or church officials that he was pleading guilty because he could not financially afford to do otherwise."

Two victims were in court for the decision.

"He (Ludlow) was a role model," said the 48-year-old victim, whose identity is protected by a publication ban. "Everybody was trying to get better at the sport and he had a lot of power there... People looked up to him."

He was 12 and 13 years old when he was assaulted.

"I thought I was the only one, so I never said anything," he said.

His experience has made him more aware of his own children's interaction with adults, he said.

"I've taught my kids, no matter what it is, you say something. It's not something to be ashamed of."

Ludlow, an active member of the Mormon Church, was supported by some members of the church who came to court and provided letters describing him as a man of good character and generosity.

Ludlow, a retired sales professional, represented Ward 8 on city council between 1988 and 1991. He ran for a regional seat in Wards 2 and 6 in the 2003 municipal election.

The charge of gross indecency no longer exists in the Criminal Code of Canada, but the charge was laid according to the criminal code from the early 1970s.

http://www.thebramptonguardian.com/brampton/news/article/7815