Sen­tenc­ing date set on sex of­fence

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

A Cape Bre­ton singer/song­writer will be sen­tenced May 11 af­ter plead­ing guilty to a sex of­fence in­volv­ing a per­son un­der the age of 16.

Johnathan Stephen MacIn­nis, 22, of North­side East Bay, pleaded guilty to a charge of sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence that is al­leged to have oc­curred be­tween Au­gust and Novem­ber 2016 in Syd­ney. Two other charges of sex­ual as­sault and in­vi­ta­tion to sex­ual touch­ing were with­drawn.

At the time of the of­fence, the male vic­tim was be­tween the ages of 14 and 15. The name or any in­for­ma­tion that could lead to the iden­tity of the vic­tim is banned from pub­li­ca­tion.

In pre­sent­ing an agreed state­ment of facts dur­ing a pro­vin­cial court hear­ing Wed­nes­day, pros­e­cu­tor Mark Gouthro said MacIn­nis ad­mit­ted to per­form­ing oral sex on the teen on two oc­ca­sions — once in the of­fice used by MacIn­nis and a sec­ond time at his home.

He said MacIn­nis and the teen knew each other and that MacIn­nis has vis­ited the teen’s home on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

The case was brought to the at­ten­tion of police af­ter what was deemed as in­ap­pro­pri­ate mes­sages on Face­book were viewed by two other peo­ple. The mes­sages con­cerned sex­ual acts al­ready com­mit­ted by MacIn­nis and the young boy.

When first ques­tioned by police, the teen was reluc­tant to dis­close any in­for­ma­tion, said Gouthro.

He later ad­mit­ted that MacIn­nis had fon­dled him on sev­eral oc­ca­sions and that he had touched his pe­nis.

MacIn­nis ad­mit­ted to police that he had en­gaged in oral sex with the teen.

The Crown is seek­ing a one-year jail sen­tence along with a 10-year or­der reg­is­ter­ing MacIn­nis as a sex­ual of­fender. The Crown is also seek­ing an 18-month pro­ba­tion pe­riod.

De­fence lawyer Robert Samp­son re­quested the court im­pose a 90day jail sen­tence.

MacIn­nis apol­o­gized Wed­nes­day to the vic­tim, his fam­ily and friends along with his own fam­ily say­ing he takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity and vow­ing it will never hap­pen again.

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