A man who authorities say sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy in a Vancouver park is pleading guilty to the crime.
The teen was kidnapped and sexually assaulted while sitting in a car in the park in October.
(The Associated Press) The teen had been riding his bike and was on his way to school when he was sexually assaulted in a park by a man he did not know.
The boy was later released after being taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Vancouver police arrested Michael Joseph Burchard last month on four counts of second-degree murder.
Burchards lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.
The victim’s mother, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said her son had suffered so much trauma and so many emotions in the last two years.
“He’s just lost a little bit of the joy and life that he was missing,” she said.
Burchard pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Vancouver Provincial Court Thursday.
He will be sentenced Aug. 23.
The court heard Burchars first victim was 14 and his second victim was 15.
He has been out on bail since May.
Police say the teen was sitting in the back seat of a black BMW in the area of the Green Lake Park and Lonsdale Park area near Richmond Road and Highway 16 when Burchart sexually assaulted him.
The teen’s family has said they believe Burcharts motive is revenge.
According to court documents, the teenager was lured to a nearby park, where Burchar lured him to the vehicle, sexually assaulted the teen and drove away.
Bunchard has been remanded in custody on $250,000 bail.
He’s expected to appear in court again Aug. 20.