Cape Bre­ton man to en­ter pleas on sex of­fences

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - SYD­NEY

A Cape Bre­ton man with sex of­fence con­vic­tions from New­found­land-Labrador will be back in a Syd­ney pro­vin­cial court Aug. 20 to en­ter pleas on of­fences in­clud­ing sex­ual as­sault.

Brian Mor­ris Benoit, 45, of Mira Bay Drive is charged with sex­ual as­sault and un­law­ful en­try in con­nec­tion with a March 29 in­ci­dent in Syd­ney. He is also charged with breach­ing a court or­der and with fail­ing to register as a sex of- fen­der. Those of­fences al­legedly oc­curred be­tween May and July 2014.

Dur­ing a brief pro­vin­cial court ap­pear­ance Thurs­day in Syd­ney, Benoit con­sented to a fur­ther re­mand to the Cape Bre­ton Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre.

In 2011, Benoit, then a res­i­dent of Pic­cadilly, NL., pleaded guilty to two counts of pro­vid­ing liquor to a mi­nor and with breach­ing a court or­der by be­ing in the com­pany of chil­dren un­der the age of 16.

Ac­cord­ing to media re­ports of the court hear­ing, Benoit pleaded guilty to pro­vid­ing liquor to two girls, age 12 and 13, and then hid­ing them in a crawl space be­neath his home when po­lice ar­rived at the door.

He was sen­tenced to a pro­vin­cial jail term of 10 months and or­dered to com­plete a three-year pro­ba­tion pe­riod dur­ing which the court or­dered he was not to have any kind of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with chil­dren un­der the age of 16.

Dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, the Crown re­ported there was ev­i­dence from Benoit’s cell­phone that he had in- vited the young girls to his home.

Later in 2011, Benoit was sen­tenced again on a charge of sex­ual as­sault af­ter ad­mit­ting to hav­ing sex with a girl, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, in 2010 when she un­der the age of 16.

He was or­dered to com­plete an eight-month sen­tence along with reg­is­ter­ing as a sex of­fender with the na­tional reg­istry.


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