Arnold James (Jim) Somers

Arnold James Somers
Crimes: Sexual Assault, Pedophile

Arnold James Somers, 71, is a parent’s worst nightmare. He is a successful, predatory pedophile. His targets were boys — not troubled or neglected boys, but boys who enjoyed the love, caring and protection of their families.

This particular pedophile had retired from the RCMP as a staff sergeant — an achievement that made him appear to the world — and his victims’ families — as an upstanding and trustworthy individual.

Unfortunately, Arnold James Somers was not in the least bit upstanding and trustworthy. The fact he could cloak himself in the respectability of being in the RCMP made him dangerous. The fact he could make parents trust him and consider him a good role model for their sons made him a nightmare.

In the 1980s Arnold James Somers worked as a weapons expert in the RCMP. He also sexually abused 3 brothers in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The abuse took place over a span several years and he was finally tried and convicted in 1997.

Canadian justice at the time saw fit to hand Arnold James Somers a term of imprisonment that was less than 2 years.

WTF? This pedophile had wormed his way into the good graces of a family and abused their trust and their sons for YEARS! And he spent less than 2 years in prison?!?

Arnold James Somers had also been convicted of indecently assaulting an Edmonton boy but that conviction was tossed and a new trial was ordered. For some reason the Crown prosecutor didn’t bother and let him off the hook. Lucky pedo bastard!

After his brief incarceration and retirement, Arnold James Somers moved to Calgary, Alberta. He began a whole new life, joined a church and married. He was doing all he could to patch up his tattered cloak of respectability.

Sadly, the church and his new wife bought into his disguise. The church knew about his crimes but welcomed him within the fold regardless. Forgiveness and redemption, I gather, are foremost with those religious folk. And common sense is not.

Arnold James Somers and his wife lived in a house on a northeast Calgary street along with several young families. The pedophile had found nirvana. For all his new neighbours and non-church friends knew, he was a respectable retired RCMP officer living a blameless life.

The lucky pedo bastard wasn’t even on Canada’s sexual offender registry.

Arnold James SomersIn 2006 Arnold James Somers had befriended unsuspecting families who had sons. He, being a hard-core pedophile, sexually assaulted 3 boys over a period of years.

I don’t know what he said or what he did to make those boys not tell their parents, but I’d bet my last nickel it scarred them for life.

It took until 2011 for one of the victims, then 17 years old, to approach the police. An investigation was launched and the other victims, aged 10 and 14, were uncovered.

In September 2012, Arnold James Somers was charged with 14 offenses including sexual assault, indecent exposure, invitation to sexual touching, and sexual interference with a child. The pedo perv pled not guilty.

Arnold James Somers was convicted in 2013. In February 2014, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison. Judge Harry Van Harten pointed out several aggravating factors that he’d included in his consideration. The fact there were several victims and that they all showed “significant psychological harm” were among the factors he mentioned.

The good judge also noticed that the pedo hellbeast showed “little empathy” for his victims. I am a bit surprised by that — you’d think as a former Mountie he’d know to fake some tears and apologies in court.

Seven years in prison is better than his previous 2 year sentence, but I for one don’t want to see this pedo perv walking the streets a free man again.

The victims’ parents urged other families to watch for warning signs. The mother mentioned, “The continuing depression, the continuing withdrawal, the continuing poor behaviours, skipping school … not wanting to be with the family.”

From what that mother said I can only imagine what a hellish life those boys and their bewildered parents lived, all thanks to Arnold James Somers. That pedo bastard pretty much destroyed the happy families he’d invaded.

The poor pedo apparently got some rough handling while he was in custody at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatric Centre. He sustained a cracked skull from the beating he received and as a result got 6 months of extra credit off his sentence.

Arnold James Somers has 5 years left on his sentence. His victims have a lifetime.

The victims’ father said, “We’ll continue to heal. Work with our kids and continue to show them all the love that we can.”

I wish all the best for all the victims. I wish them all the love and support and counseling they need so they can go on to live happy, productive, successful lives.

And for Arnold James Somers, I shall keep fingers crossed, eyes crossed, toes crossed that he can’t victimize any other child again.

Calgary Herald article
Sun News Network article
CBC News article

Photograph by: Terry Chevalier, Regina Leader-Post

11 Responses to Arnold James (Jim) Somers

  1. Aletheia says:

    Unfortunately, a lot of good people think forgiveness means an end to the consequences of one’s actions. If a man like this truly recognized the harm he had done and decided that getting his rocks off wasn’t worth ruining the lives of entire families of good people who trusted him, and he was committed to controlling his urges and contributing to the world in a positive way to atone for his previous crimes, he should be allowed and encouraged to do that. It’s unlikely, but it can happen. Under no circumstances, however, should he ever be left alone with a child or allowed to develop a relationship with one. Ever. And if that means it’s necessary to dredge up his past sins sometimes as a warning to others, too bad. True Christian love doesn’t entail pretending that repentance is easy, and in fact the Bible says we have a responsibility to keep each other from stumbling. The church had a responsibility not only to children and parents, but to Somers himself if they took it on good faith that he really wanted to change. It’s too bad they cared more about being ‘nice’ and/or preserving their public image than doing their duty before God and man.

  2. bulldoggy says:

    Damn! A mountie gone bad! Why was he allowed to retire — he should’ve had his ass fired the minute he was charged with diddling with those boys. And what’s with that church opening their arms as if he was now harmless and truly reformed? I wonder how many church going boys he messed with too.

  3. 2cute says:

    Betcha his wife wasn’t too happy when he was arrested. It’s horrible finding out your spouse is unfaithful but to find out he’s a pedophile is beyond horrible. I hope she divorced him and took everything he had.

  4. moodymagic says:

    My sympathy is with the victims and their families. I don’t get why this jerk got to retire. I am sure there was some sort of pension involved. Makes me sick

  5. awesomeblossom says:

    I hope all those boys and their families can somehow get their lives back on track and put the monster out of their minds. I wish them well.

  6. BENGALPUSS says:

    Damn i hate nonces, they deserve a spell in my basement.

    • bulldoggy says:

      Bengalpuss, is your basement done? Are you taking in “visitors”? I promised to help with the decor so let me know if you could use me.

      • BENGALPUSS says:

        BULLDOGGY, your always welcome to my basement, in fact i should throw an opening party, instead of bring a bottle, bring a torture device, or vat of acid or other chemicals that will inflict pain on these nonces meat and 2veg, because we all know that they cannot be cured, unless its with a baseball bat or bullet. or a hatchet or hammer or pick axe, i better stop, i’m getting excited.

  7. Jessice11 says:

    I hate sentences like this! 7 years! What the hell! Those boys have been through hell. I hope prison is twice the hell for him and he suffers. Hope the families can somehow repair the emotional damage those boys suffered.

  8. Me. says:

    I wish I never was raised in Miramichi,NB.
    THANKS for Protecting&Serving me ,”jim”.

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