A file photo of the scales of justice.

The man from Gracefield, Que., told court he was sorry for raping his baby across the last two months of 2021.

The man, in his 20s, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. The infant required surgery at CHEO after the father’s sex attacks.

“It is a crime that is despicable, repugnant. It is totally beyond comprehension. How can a person lower themselves and let their animal instincts, I would say, take over. This is one of the most serious crimes I have encountered in my fairly long career,” Quebec Court Judge Gaston Paul Langevin said.

The decision was first reported by Le Droit’s court reporter, Charles Gagnon.

There’s a publication ban on the identity of the rapist to shield the identity of the victim.

The judge said, on the surface, it wouldn’t be wrong to think the rapist deserved a sentence of life in prison, but noted the punishment must be equitable and far removed from revenge.

In victim-impact statements, family members said they were worried about the girl’s future health and lost about what to tell her when she’s older.

The baby rapist will be on the sex-offender registry for life and is banned from owning weapons for 10 years after his release from custody.

gdimmock@postmedia.com

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