Drumheller man sentenced for sexual assault
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.