Man pleads guilty to drugging and sexually abusing 13 women

While facing more than 40 charges since March, Samuel Moderie, 28, decided on Thursday to plead guilty to 23 charges.

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A man who was arrested earlier this year as a suspect in a series of sexual assaults where the victims were drugged and blacked out for hours pleaded guilty to almost two dozen charges involving 13 women on Thursday at the Montreal courthouse.

While facing more than 40 charges since March, Samuel Moderie, 28, decided on Thursday to plead guilty to 23 charges.

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In all, Moderie pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual assault, two counts of administering a stupefying or overpowering drug, 11 counts of disseminating an intimate image of a person without their consent and one count of possession of benzodiazepine, a drug that slows brain activity.

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In almost all of the cases, the victims were abused in their homes in Montreal and in municipalities spread out north of Montreal, including Laval, St-Jérôme and Brownsburg-Chatham.

Prosecutor Jérôme Laflamme informed Quebec Court Judge Pierre Dupras of Moderie’s intentions to plead guilty Thursday morning and asked that the case be delayed to the afternoon because he first learned of Moderie’s decision that morning. He told the judge he needed time to “digest it all.”

Hours later, while reading from a long summary of what happened to the women, Laflamme said the victims blacked out for several hours. Some woke up with no recollection of what happened to them. In one case, a woman woke up 36 hours later.

A publication ban has been placed on information that could identify the women.

Laflamme said the first victim met Moderie through an app called JALF (or Jouer avec le fantasme). After chatting about their fantasies through the app, they agreed to meet in person during July 2022.

They ate and drank at her home and when the woman got up from a chair she lost her balance. She later told investigators she recalled kissing Moderie before she blacked out.

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“During the blackout she remembered he was on top of her,” Laflamme said.

When the woman woke up, her boss called her and was wondering why she had not shown up for work. She told her boss she wasn’t feeling well, asked for the day off and fell asleep for another eight hours. When she woke up again she called a friend and said she figured she had been drugged.

She filed a complaint with the Montreal police and, as a result of the investigation, police found photos of the woman on Moderie’s phone. Laflamme said investigators also found two videos stored in a cloud account belonging to Moderie.

In one video, Moderie is seen urinating on the woman’s breasts and inside her mouth.

Moderie confirmed the details read into the court record several times in a matter-of-fact manner.

Laflamme went on to describe the other forms of abuse women suffered at Moderie’s hands.

One woman recalled blacking out and waking up in a panic. She was panicking because she couldn’t breathe as Moderie had forced his penis inside her mouth. She blacked out again and woke up to see Moderie raping her. She told investigators she could not feel anything as he raped her.

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In another case, the victim recalled little of her meeting with Moderie at her home, but her neighbour’s surveillance camera showed he was there for 11 hours.

Early in February, Moderie made his first court appearance related to the investigation at the Montreal courthouse. Initially, he faced a total of 13 charges alleging he sexually assaulted five women between July 1, 2022 and Jan. 7.  He was also charged with administering a soporific drug, which causes a person to go to sleep, to commit a crime.

At the time, the Montreal police said they had reason to believe Moderie had other victims. In the weeks that followed, 29 other charges were filed.

Moderie committed all the crimes while he was on probation.

In 2019, at a courthouse in St-Jérôme, He pleaded guilty to sexual assault, armed sexual assault and administering a soporific drug to commit a crime. Later that same year, he was sentenced to a two-year prison term to be followed by three years of supervised probation.

The case will return to court on Dec. 20 when Dupras is expected to order that Moderie undergo a series of evaluations before he is sentenced.

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