En­ter­tainer jailed for sex­ual re­la­tions with teen

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A Cape Bre­ton singer/song­writer was sen­tenced Thurs­day to a 165-day pro­vin­cial jail sen­tence 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 oc­curred be­tween Au­gust and Novem­ber

2016 in Syd­ney. Charges of sex­ual as­sault and in­vi­ta­tion to sex­ual touch­ing were with­drawn.

At the time of the of­fence, the male vic­tim was be­tween the age of 14 and 15. The name or any in­for­ma­tion that could lead to the iden­tity of the vic­tim is banned from pub­li­ca­tion. The age of con­sent in Canada is 16.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Judge Alain Bé­gin also or­dered MacInnis also serve an 18-month pro­ba­tion pe­riod dur­ing which he is to have no con­tact with the vic­tim or any­one else un­der the age of 18, ei­ther in per­son or on­line.

He is also to sub­mit a DNA sam­ple to the na­tional registry and is to be a regis­tered sex of­fender for 10 years.

Ac­cord­ing to an agreed state­ment of facts, MacInnis ad­mit­ted to po­lice that he gave the vic­tim oral sex on two oc­ca­sions.

MacInnis and the vic­tim were known to each other and the court was told there was no po­si­tion of au­thor­ity or trust by MacInnis over the teenager.

“The vic­tim needs to be re­as­sured he did noth­ing wrong. He was the vic­tim,” said the judge, di­rect­ing the Crown to en­sure his com­ments in court were shared with the vic­tim.

Bé­gin said while MacInnis has suf­fered be­cause of what oc­curred, his ac­tions re­sulted in greater suf­fer­ing for the vic­tim.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim im­pact state­ment, the teen con­tin­ues to be an emo­tional mess, is miss­ing school and un­able to get suf­fi­cient sleep.

MacInnis is a sta­ple on the lo­cal mu­sic scene hav­ing re­leased his first al­bum in 2009 at the age of 14. He re­leased his third al­bum in 2013.

He has ap­peared on stage in nu­mer­ous lo­cal pro­duc­tions along with per­for­mances in New York, Or­lando, Toronto, Mon­treal, Hal­i­fax, and across the Mar­itimes.

He also worked for an on­line mu­sic school that is now shut down.

The in­ci­dents in­volv­ing the teen were brought to light af­ter in­ap­pro­pri­ate mes­sages on Face­book, viewed by two other in­di­vid­u­als, were brought to the at­ten­tion of po­lice.

Prose­cu­tor Mark Gouthro sought a one-year jail sen­tence while de­fence lawyer Robert Samp­son rec­om­mended the manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence of 90 days in jail.


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