Accusations against child molester date back to 1970’s

Convicted child molester David James McHale of Peachland was back in court Thursday morning in Kelowna, as Crown counsel hopes to label him as a dangerous offender.

The 70-year-old was sentenced to two years back in 2012 for assaulting three victims from 1996 to 2008. He unsuccessfully appealed that sentence, and it was revealed later that he had molested another child while out on bail.

He’s also believed to have molested children in 2003 and 2010.

Another case was brought to court this week, in which McHale is accused of taking advantage of a position of trust to molest a child back in 1973. The court heard Thursday morning that the victim kept quiet for years, saying McHale threatened to kill his family if he told anyone.

The dangerous offender hearing will continue throughout the month. If he’s labelled a dangerous offender, McHale could face an indefinite sentence. This means the length of his sentence won’t be determined at the actual sentencing; it would be determined by his conduct while in prison. In other words, he could either be released from prison at some point, or remain there for life.

The identities of all victims, as well as any witnesses testifying in court, are protected under a publication ban.