Man sentenced for sexually assaulting student at Kamloops high school

KAMLOOPS - A “potentially psychopathic” man who sexually assaulted a Grade 8 student while he was a senior at the same high school in Kamloops has been ordered to spend two years less a day behind bars.

The name of the now-20-year-old man is protected by a publication ban because he was 17 at the time of the offences.

He pleaded guilty to sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching of a person under 16.

Provincial court heard the accused and the 13-year-old victim were involved in a relationship between January and June of 2013, when the offences took place.

In one case, the accused cut class and took the girl to a secluded area in a park and ordered her to remove her pants.

He sexually assaulted her on two other occasions, including once in a room at school when he covered a window with paper. At other points in their relationship, he would bite her until she bruised and bled.

The victim told court she suffers from physical pain and anxiety as a result of the assaults and can no longer wear certain clothes in public for fear of drawing attention to herself.

Judge Stella Frame called the victim “eloquent and compelling, but deeply emotional.”

Frame cited multiple psychiatric reports in delivering her sentence. At the time of the offences, the accused was under psychiatric care as the result of a previous offence in which he sexually touched a young male cousin.

Court heard the reports label the accused “a moderate-high to high risk to re-offend,” and found that he has antisocial tendencies, lacks empathy and exhibits “possible sexual deviancy.”

Another doctor said in a report that the accused shows “potential indicators of psychopathy.”

His sentence includes a two-year probation term with orders barring him from having any contact with the victim and from visiting playgrounds or places where children might be present.

He is also prohibited from possessing or viewing pornography and was ordered to submit a DNA sample to a national criminal database.

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