Man found guilty of sexual assaults to be sentenced

A 52-year-old father will be sentenced in early June after pleading guilty Monday to sexually assaulting his daughter and a friend’s daughter. The Red Deer man will be sentenced June 3 in Red Deer provincial court.

A 52-year-old father will be sentenced in early June after pleading guilty Monday to sexually assaulting his daughter and a friend’s daughter.

The Red Deer man will be sentenced June 3 in Red Deer provincial court.

He cannot be identified because naming him would help identify the victims, whose names are protected under a publication ban.

The man was set to begin a trial on Monday on one set of charges and another trial later this week on the other set, when he changed his plea.

Sentencing was adjourned to allow the accused to find a lawyer and have a pre-sentence report prepared by a probation officer.

The man’s second lawyer, Rob MacGregor of Red Deer, couldn’t represent him because of an illness.

Red Deer lawyer Luke Kurata, acting as a friend of the court, offered the accused some advice but told court he couldn’t provide legal assistance since he was handling MacGregor’s files in his absence.

Crown prosecutor Robin Joudrey told Judge Bert Skinner that the assaults on the man’s daughter, who was less than 16 years of age at the time, occurred between June 1, 2009 and Jan. 31, 2010.

The assaults involved fondling and kissing and culminated when the girl told her mother, who phoned police.

The assault on the friend’s daughter occurred in June 2008 and involved fondling.

A failing to appear in court charge and two other sexual assault charges were withdrawn by the Crown.

Skinner said the pre-sentence report will be most useful for the court in giving a balanced sentence and background of the accused.

The report will examine several facets of the life of the accused.

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