One year sus­pended sen­tence for un­want­edly touch­ing wo­man

Bike chop shop

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - PEGGY REV­ELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

A Medicine Hat man was given a 12-month sus­pended sen­tence for as­sault af­ter touch­ing a wo­man’s chest with­out con­sent.

Ron­ald Mills en­tered a guilty plea to the charge of as­sault Thurs­day at the Medicine Hat court­house, for the March 29, 2016 incident.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed state­ment of facts, he met a wo­man at the down­town Tim Hor­tons, they walked to a nearby park to talk, where he touched her chest with­out her want­ing him to.

The orig­i­nal charge was of sex­ual as­sault, but Mills en­tered a plea to the lesser charge of as­sault as part of a joint sub­mis­sion be­tween Crown and de­fence. The case was orig­i­nally set to go to trial ear­lier this year, but Mills failed to ap­pear in court on that date.

Co­in­cid­ing with this sen­tence, Mills also pled guilty to four separate counts of fail­ing to at­tend court, a do­mes­tic as­sault, shoplift­ing a watch and then giv­ing po­lice a false name, as well as a breach. He re­ceived 35 days time served for these.

Traf­fick­ing sen­tence

A 48-month sen­tence was given Sept. 21 to a Medicine Hat man who faced drug traf­fick­ing and firearm charges.

Due to time spent in cus­tody, Tay­lor Weiss-Lin­der has 34 months left to serve. Weis­sLin­der was ar­rested Feb. 18, af­ter un­der­cover po­lice made mul­ti­ple drug pur­chases from him. Po­lice later searched his apart­ment where they seized drugs and cash, and a shot­gun and am­mu­ni­tion. Weis­sLin­der, who was 20 at the time of his ar­rest, was un­der a weapons pro­hi­bi­tion.

Changes were made to re­lease con­di­tions Thurs­day for a lo­cal man ar­rested on al­le­ga­tions of run­ning a bi­cy­cle chop shop, mean­ing he can now use a bi­cy­cle.

Un­til now, re­lease con­di­tions meant the man could not be in pos­ses­sion of a bike — a chal­lenge as it’s his main form of trans­porta­tion — and had led him to plead­ing guilty to a breach ear­lier this month af­ter he was found rid­ing a bike to the gro­cery store.

The man will now be al­lowed to use a metal­lic pur­ple bike, pro­vided by po­lice so it can be ac­counted for.

Darcy Fis­cher, 34, has en­tered not-guilty pleas to the charges of traf­fick­ing stolen prop­erty, and pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing stolen prop­erty. His trial will run on Jan. 30, 2018.

Child porn charges

A Medicine Hat man ar­rested on charges of pos­sess­ing and ac­cess­ing child pornog­ra­phy had a brief court ap­pear­ance Thurs­day, with Crown re­quest­ing the usual pub­li­ca­tion ban against any­thing that could iden­tify vic­tims.

Nolan David­son, 25, was ar­rested Sept. 7, by ALERT’s In­ter­net Child Ex­ploita­tion unit, and has since ac­quired le­gal coun­sel. It was noted by po­lice at the time of the ar­rest that David­son was a for­mer youth sum­mer camp di­rec­tor Ea­gles Nest Ranch in the Cy­press Hills — but they have no ev­i­dence to sug­gest any of­fences were com­mit­ted against any chil­dren who at­tended camp.

His next ap­pear­ance is Oct. 26, be­fore the Case Man­age­ment Of­fice, not in front of a judge.

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