35-year-old man convicted of harassing teen boy to be sentenced next month

A 35-year-old Montreal restaurant cook will be sentenced next month for criminally harassing a 16-year-old intern who he threatened to beat up and rape in the summer of 2016.

Frank Calise pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment while other charges of sexual assault, assault and threats were stayed.

Laying out the case, the crown said Calise subjected the boy to relentless harassment including vulgar remarks, trying to grab his private parts and saying that one day when the boy was older, Calise could rape him and beat him. 

In court today, Calise apologized to the boy who sat in the front row with his parents.

Calise said he thought it was two colleagues joking around and having fun.

When the prosecutor asked Calise if he thought talking about raping a 16-year-old and grabbing his penis was funny, Calise repeated he was just kidding and that it was not necessary at the time.

Crown prosecutor Anne Gauvin is asking for a suspended sentence and 120 hours of community service.

Calise's lawyer Antonio Perfetto wants an absolute discharge because if Calise were to have a criminal record, he wouldn't be able to travel to the U.S. and see his 9-year-old daughter.

Perfetto said his client has shown remorse and takes responsibility for his actions which were immature and nonsense.

The judge hands down her ruling next month.