Guysborough man sentenced to eight years for sexual assault

By Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative reporter    
September 16 2020

ANTIGONISH – A 52-year-old man from Guysborough, lately residing in Sydney, was sentenced to eight years by Justice Denise M. Boudreau in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Antigonish on August 28, 2020.

The man, whose name will not be released to protect the identity of the victim in this case, was convicted of the following offences in December of last year: sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching. The offender received six years each for the latter charges and eight for the assault; all to be served concurrently in a federal penitentiary. The offences occurred between January 1, 2007 to October 31, 2016.

In considering the facts applicable to sentencing, Justice Boudreau said, “I do find that the events occurred routinely, that they occurred frequently, if not daily then certainly multiple times per week. And in my view that is sufficient for the purpose in crafting a sentence.”

The offender had no criminal record which was considered as a mitigating circumstance in the sentencing.

A sexual offender report described the offender as low risk to reoffend and low risk towards violence generally. “However,” Justice Boudreau said, “as the Crown notes this morning, and I had noted as well, that in circumstances where the opportunity presented itself, as it did in this case, (the offender) could be in a position to reoffend in the future.”

When Justice Boudreau prepared to announce sentencing, she said, “It is clear that offences such as those before this court today, quite frankly cry out for significant federal sentences and that must be ordered and that is what will be ordered in this particular case.”

Speaking of the victim, Justice Boudreau said, “I hope she can get past what has been done to her so that she can have a happy life for her sake.”

The offender will be listed on the sex offender registry for life and must provide samples for DNA analysis. Numerous lifetime prohibitions have also been put on the offender’s activities upon his release which include working or volunteering in a position of trust or authority towards persons under the age of 16 or having any contact with the victim.