A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old Westman girl who’d been reported missing.
The girl was reported missing by her mom after she sneaked out of her Westman home on Dec. 18 to join a group of men who were then involved in a break-in to a hotel.
The hotel owner captured one of the burglars and it was that investigation that set RCMP on to the trail of the missing girl.
The girl had been at the hotel and she, and the other men who weren’t caught by the owner, then travelled to a Saskatchewan town.
The teen was ultimately found safe at a Westman First Nation on Dec. 20, about 34 hours after she’d left home.
In Brandon court on Monday, one of the men involved in the hotel break-and-enter pleaded guilty to that crime.
He’d escaped the hotel but had been caught on surveillance video.
He also pleaded guilty to sexual assault for having sex with the girl in the back of a van as they travelled to Saskatchewan.
The girl was too young to legally consent, and the man admitted that he didn’t do enough to determine whether she could consent.
The man, who can’t legally be named because it may identify the young victim, also pleaded guilty to other unrelated offences.
Between Nov. 11 and Dec. 11, he was involved in break-ins to a few Minnedosa-area cabins.
He also failed to attend court on Dec. 19 and breached his probation order on Nov. 1 by having contact with his ex girlfriend.
Sentencing was delayed and set for Sept. 13, in part because Crown attorney Ron Toews wants to check with the sexual assault victim to see if she wants to submit a victim impact statement.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 14, 2012