October 04, 2013 - 7:54 AM
KAMLOOPS - A man was sentenced to 18 months in prison yesterday for inappropriate sexual activity with two girls half his age.
Adrian Peters was sentenced in Kamloops provincial court for charges of sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16 for events dating back to 2011 in Kamloops.
According to the Crown, Peters, 29 at the time of the offences, was at a party drinking on Kamloopa Road on Oct. 30, 2011 when he engaged in sexual activity with two extremely intoxicated girls aged 14 and 15, who cannot be named because of a court ban.
The 14-year-old girl was taken to hospital the following morning after her friends showed up and found her unconscious and in bed with Peters. The girl's mother says she still suffers from the incident. The court heard Peters had been warned by members of the household not to engage the underage girls, however he said in court today that he knew nothing of the offences until he heard of them through the court process.
"The offences before the court are serious," judge Stephen Harrison said.
Harrison acknowledged Peters' troubled upbringing, saying he suffers from 'at least three generations of dysfunction.'
A member of the Sechelt Indian Band, where he lives, defence described Peters' upbringing as a 'toxic environment' involving foster care, suicide attempts, and a criminal record ranging from property-related offences to assault and breaches. A history of sexual assault has run through his family, and Harrison said a change is in order and deterrence is necessary.
"Efforts must be made," he said.
Peters was sentenced to 18 months for the two charges. He was also ordered to two years probation.
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