Stepfather gets prison term for sex offences against young girl

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A 35-year-old man was taken into custody on Friday, having received a prison sentence for a series of sex offences committed against his young stepdaughter over the course of several years.The man, who cannot be named due to a court-imposed publication ban protecting the identity of the girl, was convicted in May of three counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching. The girl testified at trial she was between seven and eleven years of age when the offences were committed.Crown and defence counsel argued sentence last month, Crown prosecutor Zoey Kim-Zeggelaar asking for four years while defence lawyer Josh Seib requested two.On Friday, Regina Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Janet McMurtry returned with her decision, splitting the difference between the two and imposing a three-year sentence. In so doing, the judge referenced the need to hold those who commit sex offences against children — particularly offenders in a position of trust or authority — accountable for their actions.Court previously heard RCMP launched an investigation in early 2018 after receiving complaints from the girl, her mother and a therapist. The girl described a variety of instances in which she was victimized.The man claimed the offences didn’t happen, but McMurtry didn’t believe his [email protected]/LPHeatherP

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