Trio convicted of multiple charges in connection with the brutal assault of a Calgary man

The three criminals remain free pending a sentencing hearing.

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One of three suspects in the brutal beating and sexual assault of a Calgary man inside a Northeast home broke down in tears Monday when a judge found her guilty for her role in the attack.

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Christina Schollen looked at her partner on the courtroom gallery and began to cry as Judge Charlene Anderson ruled that she was more than a passive party in her victim’s torture.

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Anderson found Schollen, Carol Nordvall and Richard Wayne Parsons guilty of multiple charges related to the April 15, 2019 attack at a Bridgeland home, where the victim was lured on the promise of sex for money.

But moments after entering the residence after being led from the street by Schollen, the victim, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was robbed.

Anderson ruled that Schollen was aware of the planned attack and was therefore part of the aggravated assault that occurred.

The victim was beaten by three men, including Parsons, with their fists and what he believed to be a crazy fish, before being tied up and dragged to the basement.

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There the assault continued, where he was burned with cigarettes, Parsons repeatedly hit him with a socket wrench and kicked him in the face.

At one point, Nordvall cut the back of the victim’s jeans before he was sexually assaulted both anally and orally with a sex toy.

Anderson convicted Nordvall and Parsons of multiple charges, the most serious of which were aggravated assault and sexual assault with a weapon.

Crown prosecutor Todd Buziak last week dropped a sexual assault charge against Schollen after the victim testified that he had no role in the basement attack.

Defense attorneys Adriano Iovinelli, Kelsey Sitar and Shelley Moore argued that the victim’s testimony was not credible and that Anderson should have a reasonable doubt about what happened inside the Thomson Ave. NE home.

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But the judge of the Court of the King’s Court agreed with Buziak that there was sufficient evidence to convict all three.

“The physical evidence lines up with the (victim) evidence,” Anderson said.

“I agree with the Crown that there is substantial corroborative evidence to support (their) evidence.”

Among that evidence were the victim’s torn jeans that police later found at the home and a cellphone video showing part of the sexual assault.

Electronic bank transfers to the victim’s Nordvall account totaling $12,000 also supported her testimony.

“Seeing the violence in the video leaves no doubt as to why (the victim) would have provided the access codes (to their accounts),” he said.

The three criminals remain free pending a sentencing hearing.

The case returns to court on Friday for scheduling.

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