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A man who asked his underage girlfriend to have sex with him as a Christmas present has been sent to jail.
It was one of two illegal sexual encounters he had with young females.
“The accused knowingly preyed on young girls,” Judge Donovan Dvorak said during sentencing.
The offender was sentenced this week for two counts of sexual assault.
He can’t legally be named as it may identify the victims who are protected by a publication ban.
In both cases, the girls willingly had sex, but they were too young to legally consent.
In the first case, the offender began “dating” a 13-year-old girl in October 2009.
At first, he told her that he was 18 years old, but he was actually 20 when they met. It was only later that the girl learned that her “boyfriend” was older than he’d let on.
In December 2009, the man told the girl that he loved her and asked her to have sex with him as a “Christmas present”.
They engaged in a sex act and had sex weekly until the girl ended the relationship in January 2011.
That “relationship” came to light during an investigation into the man’s relationship with a second girl who was 14 years old.
They connected online via Facebook in August 2011, made contact six months later and exchanged phone numbers and text messages.
In March 2012, they were at a party at a rural home near Brandon when the offender gave the girl alcohol and she also downed 10 shots.
They then had consensual sex, after which the man told the girl she was “good” before he left the room. He returned, but after some conversation he told the girl she talks too much and left again.
The offender, 22 years old at that time, knew the girl was 14 years old as she’d told him that on the way to the party.
A few days later, the girl’s stepfather made a report to police.
In court, the offender apologized and indicated that he now has a 19-year-old girlfriend.
Defence lawyer Bob Harrison argued for house arrest for his client, but Dvorak rejected the idea.
Dvorak said a conditional sentence with house arrest would send the wrong message and that other girls were at risk.
He sentenced the man to a total of 18 months in jail to be followed by one year of supervised probation with sex offender counselling.
He’s also forbidden from having contact with anyone under 18 years old without adult supervision.