January 07, 2014 - 12:39 PM
PENTICTON - The same judge who sent a 22-year-old man home without a criminal record for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl sentenced a 24-year-old Alberta man to jail yesterday just for sending pictures of his genitals to the same girl.
Yes, you read that right. Penticton Provincial Court Judge Gale Sinclair sentenced both men, neither of whom had criminal records at the time of the offences. The difference in sentencing comes from changes in mandatory minimum sentencing for crimes involving children. The 24-year-old, who never even met the girl, committed his crime after Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives brought in the changes. The 22-year-old had the sexual relationship before the changes—had he committed the crime afterwards he would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 days.
Both cases were discovered after parents of the girl got her phone and discovered just what she was up to. They went to police after discovering the girl sent nude images to several young men, including players for the Penticton Vees who got good instructions to destroy them. It's not clear today if anyone else is being prosecuted.
In December, Sinclair sentenced Harrison Bruce, 22, to a conditional sentence for the sexual relationship—in law, it doesn't matter that it was a consensual relationship. He pleaded guilty to sexual assault—he knew she was 15. If Bruce is of good behaviour for one year on probation and completes 30 hours of community service, the conviction will not register on his criminal record.
Bruce's sentence is in stark contrast with the one handed Kaylin Hickey, 24. On Monday, Sinclair sentenced Hickey to 30 days.
Hickey's online relationship with the girl lasted from September to October 2012, Crown prosecuter Catherine Crockett said.
Hickey was sentenced to 30 days at Kamloops Regional Correction Centre and will be on the national sex offender registry for 10 years.
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