Robert Cote faces justice again
Robert Cote, former vice-president of legal affairs at the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, will have to face justice again for sexual accusations.
R obert Côté was arrested Wednesday morning by the Sûreté du Québec while his Montreal and Granby apartments were searched.
He was formally charged, Wednesday afternoon, at the Court House in Granby, two counts of luring child, to have sexually assaulted his victim, to have touched on a part of the body of a teenager , and to have made him feel it. He also faces a charge of accessing child pornography. The events complained of occurred between 1 June and 22 July.
Mr. Côté is known to the judiciary. In 2015, he was charged with possession, distribution and access to child pornography. Two years later, he pleaded guilty to one charge, that of possession of child pornography. He admitted to having owned more than 1,500 child porn files, 14,951 images and 18 videos stored on about 15 floppy disks. He had held these files since 1997, but only found them shortly before his arrest.
In June 2018, Judge Silvie Kovacevich endorsed a common suggestion by imposing an absolute discharge, which allowed her to have no criminal record.
Among the mitigating factors, she noted her low risk of recidivism, her career reorientation in art history and her diligent therapeutic follow-up. However, he has been registered in the sex offender registry for 10 years.
Early Wednesday morning, the Sûreté du Québec investigators searched Robert Côté’s missing condo on the fourth floor of the Convent Lofts in Granby. He was arrested at the same time in Montreal, in his second apartment.
Wednesday afternoon, he appeared emaciated before the judge Danielle Côté. He no longer wears the long beard as at the time of his last presence in court in Montreal in 2018, but rather a short beard. His lawyer was absent. He should be represented by Mr. Martin Latour, from a Montreal firm.
Crown Attorney Élise Côté-Lebrun, who was representing her colleague Valérie Simard-Croteau, opposed her release and will oppose it again on Thursday, as her release investigation will be held. .
A neighbor of the Lofts of the convent who spoke with La Voix de l’Est said he was surprised to see the police disembark on site Wednesday.
“It’s been two years since he’s settled there. I knew he was a retired lawyer. He had a nice way, he was normal. ”
When the police arrived on the scene, he never thought they would have gone to Robert Côté.
A little research finally allowed him to make links with the case of 2015. “Juvenile pornography, it spit. I did not expect that, “said the neighbor who asked not to be identified.