Mother, son plead guilty to running Montreal prostitution ring
28-year-old son sentenced to 16 more months in jail
Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2007 | 12:09 PM ET
A Montreal family accused of running a prostitution ring involving girls as young as 15 pleaded guilty Thursday to a variety of charges.
A mother and her 28-year-old son answered to charges of prostitution, while a father pleaded guilty to drug trafficking.
Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer sentenced the son, James St-Cyr, to 16 more months in prison.
The sentence, handed down in a Montreal courtroom, takes into account the fact that St-Cyr has been in jail since his 2004 arrest. In total, he will be spending six years and four months behind bars.
His parents weren't sentenced Thursday.
Police said family members ran an operation out of their west-end home that involved more than two dozen women and girls.
St-Cyr, who faced 26 charges, admitted to pimping five girls under age 18 between 1999 and 2004. Other charges included living off the avails of prostitution, drug trafficking and assault.
His lawyer, Jean-Pierre Sharp, argued St-Cyr wasn't a street hustler. Sharp said St. Cyr had domestic relationships with the victims and that they loved him.
No women victims appear in court
Some of the women showed up at St-Cyr's 2004 bail hearing, blowing kisses at him and mouthing, "I love you."
None of the women were in court Thursday.
When Boyer handed down his sentence, he told the near-empty courtroom that St-Cyr needed to have perpetual control over his women. He had them get tattoos bearing his name, an action the judge compared to animal branding.
St-Cyr's mother, 55-year-old Marie-Louise Timeus, pleaded guilty to three counts of heading a prostitution ring.
His father, Raymond St-Cyr, admitting to drug possession with intent to traffic.
Another son in the family, 32-year-old Jean-Rony St-Cyr, was in court as well Thursday. He said he intends to plead guilty in April to pimping charges.