Man accused of abducting eight-year-old Saskatchewan girl appears in court
A man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl made his first appearance in Saskatchewan court.
Jared John Charles, who is 19, appeared in provincial court in Prince Albert, Sask. to face numerous charges including kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault and abandoning a child.
Charles didn’t speak as his case was adjourned to give him time to find a lawyer.
He is scheduled to appear in court again Friday via video link.
An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday for the girl after she disappeared from a playground in Prince Albert, Sask.
She was found several hours later.
Court documents show Charles, who is also identified as Jarrod Charles, was charged with abducting two boys early last fall in La Ronge, Sask. However, the charges were later stayed.
Charles is currently on probation after pleading guilty to sexual interference.
In December 2016, he was sentenced to three and a half months time served and three years probation for a case involving a nine-year-old girl.
He was ordered to get sexual offender counselling, not to be alone with children under the age of 16, not to be in parks or pools unless he’s with an adult who is aware of his conviction and not to use social media to communicate with anyone under the age of 16.
He was also told to register with the National Sexual Offender Registry.