Luring and sexual assault result in jail time for Island man
Daryl Harold Jelley, 48, sentenced to 18 months
A Summerside man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for luring and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
Daryl Harold Jelley, 48, pleaded guilty earlier this year and was sentenced on Tuesday.
The crimes took place between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014.
In addition to the jail time, Jelley must also serve three years of probation, pay a $400 victim surcharge and has been ordered to stay away from his victim and any place she frequents once he’s released.
Jelley’s crimes came to light on Jan. 2, 2015, when the victim’s mother found sexually suggestive text messages on her daughter’s phone and contacted Summerside Police Services.
The phone was turned over to police as evidence and they found thousands of texts between the man and girl over the course of a couple of months.
During a subsequent interview, the victim explained that she’d met Jelley in early 2014 and their relationship started innocently enough.
However, Jelley eventually started to become angry if she didn’t spend time with him and would find excuses to touch her.
She told police she didn’t want to lose him as a friend, she felt he cared for her, so she continued to spend time with him.
Jelley eventually started to touch his victim sexually and did so on multiple occasions before the mother called police.