Drumheller man sen­tenced for sex­ual as­sault

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A Drumheller man has re­ceived a fed­eral sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to sex­ual as­sault.

Christo­pher Pope, 39, ap­peared in pro­vin­cial court in Drumheller on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14. He pleaded to one count of sex­ual as­sault.

The in­ci­dents oc­curred be­tween March and Novem­ber of 2016. At the time a 14-year-old fe­male lived near Pope and was em­ployed as a babysit­ter. The re­la­tion­ship be­came sex­ual dur­ing that time when the girl would visit un­der the guise of babysit­ting.

The re­la­tion­ship came to light in Novem­ber of 2016, and the girl’s mother dis­cov­ered Face­book mes­sages. Po­lice be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Judge Gash­ler agreed with a joint sub­mis­sion from the pros­e­cu­tor and de­fence for a two-year sen­tence. In sen­tenc­ing, he told Pope that such a re­la­tion­ship is wrong and crim­i­nal and the blame lays en­tirely with the adult as a child of 14 can­not con­sent.

Pope was sen­tenced to two years and was also or­dered to pro­vide a DNA sam­ple and his in­for­ma­tion will ap­pear on the na­tional sex of­fender reg­istry for 20 years.

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