|Michael Joseph Jerace (QMI Agency)
A former Edmonton King of the Cage fighter has been put behind a different
set of bars for trying to extort money and sexual favours from a teenage
girl he caught shoplifting while posing as a security guard.
Michael Joseph Jerace, 41, was handed a four-year prison sentence Thursday after
earlier being found guilty of attempted sexual assault and unlawful
It is the fourth time the former boxer and mixed-martial arts competitor –
who was described by the Crown as a “sexual predator” – has been convicted
of extorting or trying to extort sexual favours from young women he found
shoplifting while posing as mall security.
Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Marceau said denunciation and
deterrence were the major sentencing factors because Jerace was “preying on
Marceau said it was aggravating that Jerace had abused a 15-year-old girl
and he had three “almost mirror-like” prior convictions from Burnaby, B.C.
on his rap sheet.
The judge gave Jerace double credit for the 11 months he spent in pre-trial
custody and then subtracted another two months as a result of it being
As well, Marceau knocked of a further six months after ruling the city
police had breached his Charter rights by illegally arresting him as a
result of going into his apartment without a warrant after using the
saying at the door that someone needed help.
Jerace now has 18 months left to serve.
He was also ordered to submit a DNA sample for the national DNA databank in
Ottawa and placed on the national sex offender registry for 10 years.
Court heard Jerace spotted the 15-year-old female victim, who cannot be
identified, shoplifting at a Shoppers Drug Mart in City Centre Mall on April
He stopped her and said he was with mall security and then, over a one-hour
period, he controlled her movements within the mall and attempted to extort
and sexual favours from her in return for not turning her over to mall
security or the police.
No money was ever paid by the girl – who was described as crying and
distraught throughout the ordeal – and no sexual favours were obtained from
Court heard Jerace was sentenced to three years in prison in 1999 after
pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of forcible
confinement for posing as security and accusing young women or their
companions of shoplifting and then extorting or attempting to extort sexual
favours in return for deflecting prosecution.
Jerace has been in the Edmonton news twice before.
In March 2006, he was praised by city police after taking down a
machete-wielding man who charged at a police officer in a crowded West
Edmonton Mall food court.
In January 2004, Jerace was with Bandito biker Joey Morin, 34, and Robert
Simpson, a 34-year-old associate of the outlaw motorcycle gang, outside the
St. Pete’s strip club in the west end when the two were gunned down.
In a eulogy at Morin’s funeral, Jerace – who’d known the biker from their
days training as amateur boxers – said: “In boxing, they never taught us how
to deal with bullets.”