A young offender has pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault.
Because of the age of both the accused and his victims, none of them can be named.
Only one of the three victims was touched in a sexual way. The other two, who came forward after charges were laid in the first incident, were grabbed and coerced by the accused, but those incidents were interrupted before anything more could happen.
Given that none of the cases involved violence, the accused has no prior criminal history and he saved the victims from the stress of testifying by pleading guilty, the Crown asked that he be given a six-month deferred sentence followed by 18 months to two years probation.
The council for the defence argued that probation alone would be enough.
It’s now up to Judge John Faulkner to decide the young man’s fate.
Faulkner expected to make a determination later this week.