Former Delta staffer expected to plead guilty to another sex crime

Kip Gaudry charged with indecent assault in connection to 1973 incident; previously convicted of child porn possession and sexual assault.

He served time in the mid-’90s for sexual assault, and early last year, pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

Now, Cleo Faus (Kip) Gaudry, a former senior employee with the Corporation of Delta, is set to plead guilty to another sex crime.

Gaudry was charged in the fall of 2010 with indecent assault on a female in connection with a 1973 incident in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Police Service said the case concerned “a historical sexual assault involving a child.”

According to the court registry, Gaudry is expected to enter the plea in Vancouver Provincial Court on Wednesday (Dec. 14).

Gaudry, 60, is the former director of engineering in Delta. Wednesday’s plea will mark his third criminal conviction.

In January, Gaudry was handed an 18-month sentence after he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. (see previous story). He quit his job with the municipality of Delta in 2009 after police searched his home and office, seizing several computers and hard drives.

Ten thousand still images and more than 300 movies involving child pornography were found. Investigators also discovered Gaudry had installed special software in an attempt to hide his activities.

During sentencing, the judge said much of the pornography involved extremely young children and babies being abused by adult men. The judge said while all pornography is bad, the material found in Gaudry’s possession was “toward the more horrible end of the scale.”

It wasn’t the first time Gaudry had been through the courts, however.

In 1995, he pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual assault and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail. The crimes, which police at the time said involved young people, were committed while he was working in the District of Houston, a small community in northwestern B.C. Details of that case cannot be reported under a court-ordered ban protecting the identity of a victim.

The court heard earlier this year that within 18 months of serving that sentence, he was accessing child pornography online.

Gaudry was hired in Delta in 2001. At the time, the municipality only required applicants to disclose whether they had a criminal record, but they didn’t have to be specific other than checking “yes” or “no” on a form.

In 2004, the municipality tightened its requirements so would-be civic employees had to reveal whether they have a criminal record that “may be relevant to the person’s employment.”

A date has yet to be set for sentencing on the Winnipeg charge.

– with files from Dan Ferguson

Surrey North Delta Leader