Pimp declared dangerous offender
Jerome Lynch, 39, in a court sketch from Thursday, June 21.
Published Thursday, June 21, 2012 6:45PM EDT
In a rare case, a Brampton, Ont., court on Thursday declared a convicted pimp a dangerous offender.
Jerome Lynch, 39, was convicted in January 2010 of pimping out a 14-year-old girl in the Greater Toronto Area.
Following his conviction, a Crown attorney requested a dangerous offender hearing, which has been going on for the past two years, CTV Toronto's Tamara Cherry reported Thursday.
Lynch's lawyer said this is the first time he has heard of a dangerous offender hearing for a charge of living off the avails of prostitution.
But Justice Silja Seppi said she has reason to believe Lynch is likely to cause further injury, psychological harm or other evil if he were to be released from prison, Cherry reported.
Because of his dangerous offender status, Lynch was handed an indeterminate sentence, meaning he could spend the rest of his life in jail.
In the late 1990s, Lynch was convicted of a serious assault on a sex worker in downtown Toronto in which he posed as a police officer, handcuffed her, pulled her hair and raped her.
In 2007, he was convicted of pimping out two Hamilton, Ont., teens.
The judge in that case said he was a "parasitic predator driving around looking for girls to turn into prostitutes."