23-year-old Kelowna man on probation charged with sexual interference of another minor

Zachary Xavier Heise is pictured in this Facebook photo. Heise faces new charges of sexual interference of a minor.
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KELOWNA – Less than two years after he was sentenced for pushing the head of a 13-year-old girl towards his crotch, a 23-year-old Kelowna man faces new charges of sexual interference with another minor.

In the fall of 2015, Zachary Xavier Heise admitted to buying alcohol for three friends – two girls, aged 13 and 14 as well as a 16-year-old boy - in Vernon 2013. Although 19 at the time, Judge Wilf Klinger said you’d never know Heise's age by his appearance.

“At the time (Heise) looked like he was 15 although he was 19,” defence lawyer Joe Gordon told the court in 2015. “He also had the maturity of a 15-year-old.”

Heise admited he bought alcohol for his three underage friends, which they drank outside a school in Kelowna and then they went to Heise’s home in Kelowna where they continued drinking. 

“(There was) a lot of dumb behavior, immature behaviour,” Gordon said. “While back at Heise’s residence, he placed his hand on the victims head and guided it towards his penis.”

Heise was originally charged with sexual assault and sexual interference of someone under 16, but because there was no sexual contact, Judge Klinger found him not guilty of sexual assault and the sexual interference charge was stayed. He sentenced Heise to two months to be served in the community followed by two years of probation.

Heise appeared in Kelowna court that day with his parents, sister and a pastor from Grace Lutheran Church. He pleaded guilty to assault and swore it would never happen again.

“I know I did bad things and I’m not happy about it,” Heise said.

According to court records, Heise now faces two new charges of breaching conditions and sexual interference of a person under 16.

The details of the latest alleged offences are protected by a publication ban but he is scheduled to appear in Kelowna Court today, July 24.


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