He doesn’t have the background of your typical dangerous offender.
Described as “clean-cut, mild and thoughtful,” 48-year-old Ibata Hexamer was gainfully employed, had long-term relationships, and no criminal record when he was arrested in 2010.
But on Friday, the serial child rapist learned he will stay behind bars indefinitely.
Hexamer sexually assaulted young girls who he grabbed off the streets of Vancouver, Delta and Surrey between 1995 and 2009.
Despite pleading guilty to the crimes in 2013, Hexamer has insisted he was in a state of “non-consciousness” when he carried them out.
It’s something the judge didn’t buy.
Arrest after DNA link
It took a long time to make an arrest in the case.
In fact, it wasn’t until after a 2009 attack in Surrey that police were able to use DNA to connect the three different cases.
In 1995, he assaulted a 13-year-old girl in a stairwell at Vancouver’s Lord Nelson Elementary.
When Hexamer attacked two 14-year-old girls in 2007 and sexually assaulted them, he did it at knife point.
And in 2009, he attacked his youngest victim in Surrey – a six-year-old girl.
In that case he forced a 12 and 14 year-old boy to watch, as he carried out the abuse.
It took investigators from the Vancouver Police, the RCMP and Delta Police to make the case against him.
His arrest shocked many across Metro Vancouver.
Hexamer was a political organizer for Vancouver civic party COPE, and worked for the NDP in the Vancouver-Centre riding in the 2006 election.
Victim’s family slams system for delays
Despite being happy with the result of today’s hearing, the grandfather of one of the victims says the justice system stinks.
He says it put his family and others through the wringer.
LISTEN to the grandfather of one of Hexamer’s victim:
“The justice system needs a good haul over.”
The grandfather, along with family members of other Hexamer victims, have been coming to court for five years.
It has even been two-and-a-half years since a guilty plea, thanks to the serial rapist switched lawyers more than a handful of times.
This man has attended every single court hearing says he wants answers from the justice minister.
“If that would have happened in America, it would have taken six months and he’d be away for 120 years.”
Still, he’s grateful the outcome is what they hoped for.
He wants to thank police, the crown, victim services workers and the judge.
As for what’s next, he says he can finally relax and go for a beer.