The U.S. college All-American swimmer who repeatedly sexually abused a woman in his Calgary apartment should be handed a 4 1/2-year prison term, a prosecutor argued Tuesday.
But the lawyer for Chad Bobrosky, who also won two gold medals for Team Canada at a world junior championship in 2011, said a sentence as low as three years would be sufficient punishment for his Dec. 21, 2018, sexual assault of a city woman.
Crown prosecutor Matt Dalidowicz said there were multiple aggravating factors to increase Bobrosky’s punishment from the three-year starting point established by the Alberta Court of Appeal for major sexual assaults.
“There is much that aggravates this sentence and little that mitigates it,” Dalidowicz told provincial court Judge Gord Wong.
“There were multiple (sexual) acts and each alone would constitute a major sexual assault.”
The prosecutor said there were five different non-consensual assaults on the victim, as well as degrading behaviour by the offender.
“These acts were degrading. He spat upon her face and his words were derogatory,” Dalidowicz said.
Wong convicted Bobrosky, 29, in February, finding the investment banking associate’s claim that the sexual contact he had with the complainant was consensual to be unbelievable.
Instead, Wong said the victim’s testimony left him with no doubt Bobrosky forced rough sex on the woman after she went to his apartment for a consensual get-together.
“On reviewing his evidence, I have no difficulty arriving at the conclusion that the accused’s evidence cannot be believed,” Wong said in finding Bobrosky guilty.
A telling piece of evidence was a 53-second video the offender shot on his phone in which he repeatedly asks the victim to say “hi” to the camera during sex and she eventually relents, Wong said.
“The accused’s voice in the three asks becomes more intense or harsh. This was not an ask on his part, rather at the end it was more a command.”
Defence counsel Jillian Williamson suggested a sentence in the three- to 3 1/2-year range would be sufficient punishment, considering Bobrosky has strong support in the community and will lose his job as a result of going to prison.
Before hearing from the lawyers, Wong received a victim-impact statement from the complainant.
“Chad, you truly traumatized me,” she said, reading her statement in court.
“On that night . . . you treated me worse than literal garbage and your choices made me feel degraded and terrified for my safety.”
In August 2011, Bobrosky won two gold and two silver medals at the FINA world junior swimming championships in Lima, Peru.
He went on to swim for four years on the University of Southern California team, earning All-American honours in his sophomore year by swimming the third leg of a relay race in which they finished third at the NCAA championships, according to a posting on usctrojans.com.
He remains at liberty pending his June 1 sentencing.