KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha 411 News has learned that 68-year-old Jeffrey Cairns has been denied parole.
Cairns is serving a sentence of 4 years and 45 days for Sexual Interference of a person under the age of 16, Invite Sexual Touching of a person under 16 years of age, and Fail To Comply With Order. In addition to the sentence, the judge ordered Cairns to submit a DNA sample for the Criminal Registry, imposed a Criminal Code weapons prohibition, mandatory registration with the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) for life, and 2-years probation. He began his four-year sentence in 2021.
In December 2018, 63-year-old Jeffrey Cairns was found guilty of three sex-related offences dating back to 2010. The victim was 14 years old at the time and considered Cairns to be like a second father to him. Cairns faced three additional counts of sexual assault and three additional counts of sexual interference after more victims came forward in 2020. He remained out on bail and resided at his cottage in Coboconk until the conclusion of the trial and sentencing.
An area resident contacted Kawartha 411 in 2019 with concerns about Cairns, who remained out of bail until sentencing, saying, “He freely moves around the many neighbouring towns and cities – Coboconk, Fenelon Falls and Lindsay – enjoying their restaurants and services. He also is frequently at Sir Sams on winter weekends.”
Cairns is the former president of Charlesway Corp. Ltd., a Niagara-based company and was involved with the Boy Scouts.
He sat on the board of trustees at Brock University. The school named the Health and Bioscience Research Complex after the Cairns family when his father donated $8 million dollars to the University.
In a decision obtained by Kawartha 411, the Parole Board of Canada said Cairns would present an “undue risk to society” if released on day parole or full parole.
The two-person board noted that “Between March 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011, you sexually assaulted the victim on numerous occasions, and while in a position of trust. The nature of the offences included inappropriate touching, masturbation and fellatio. Prior to the index offending, you groomed the victim for several years by providing gifts and an unusual amount of physical attention, including tickling and hugging, escalating over time to kissing on the lips.”
Submitted victim impact statements noted the “significant and lifelong trauma the victim will suffer” according to the board.
Part of his plan for parole included living with his wife in Toronto, attending the theatre and dining out as well as spending time at his cottage.
In denying his application the board cited his refusal to admit to his offences.
“This denial of your sexual offending is problematic, as it indicates a potential problem with the credibility of any of your statements,” the board wrote. “It also displays a lack of accountability that would normally assist in you self-mitigating your risk toward potential victims, if released into the community.”
In fact, the board said Cairns had breached his bail shortly after being released pending appeal which was another concern cited by the board. According to the decision Cairns had sexually explicit conversations with teenagers at the grocery store. One of the conditions of his release included that he not communicate, directly or indirectly, with anyone under the age of 16 but according to the board, Cairns attended a grocery store and engaged in multiple conversations with two boys who worked at the store. On one occasion he is reported to have grabbed the shoulder of one boy and offered to buy him a birthday present and on another occasion, he discussed masturbation with the boys according to the board. Cairns denied making any sexual comments.
The Board was also concerned about Cairns strategy for mitigating risk to potential victims and found his lack of insight made the risk unmanageable on day parole and/or full parole setting.
“Mitigating your sexual temptations, and mitigating your risk was solely by making sure you “can’t be in the company of young people ever again” (relying heavily on your support network to marshal your activities for you). In the opinion of the Board, you need to add a self-focus on managing your sexual temptations and risk areas. This lack of insight and reliance on outside parties to mitigate your risk areas displays an inability, or unwillingness to address your true underlying risk issues and until you do so, your risk remains undue.
Cairns will remain in a federal penitentiary for now.