PICTOU – A 39 year-old Westville man has been convicted of having sexual intercourse with a minor.
The man, who cannot be named because of a publication ban, was found guilty Wednesday in Pictou provincial court of sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference involving incidents that occurred between the summer of 2011 and 2012.
Judge Del Atwood read the verdict Wednesday in Pictou provincial court, saying he found the victim's testimony in the trial credible considering she is a child who is speaking out against a man she probably still has feelings for.
He said the girl was anxious and melancholy during the trial which is demeanour consistent with someone who has experienced serious sexual violation. He added it was clear the young victim did not want to participate in the court process or talk to police about the incidents. In fact, she only did so after her mother brought her diary to police.
"I believe she is still harbouring a level of affection for (the accused)," Atwood said. "It's not surprising she denied a relationship with him. This is part of her life she doesn't want to talk about because someone she cares about could be in trouble."
During a police interview presented as evidence in the trial, the victim said she was first kissed by the accused in April 2011 when he woke her up after she fell asleep on his couch. She told police she was a frequent visitor to the home because she liked spending time with his daughter, who is the around the same age, and considered him to be nice guy.
After the kiss the girl testified that their relationship progressed to sexual intercourse. She told police, they first had sex when she couldn’t sleep and she went into his bedroom. She told police she said “no” to the sexual act and was “mad” at herself afterwards for letting it happen.
Following this alleged incident, the girl said she would visit the man a few times a week during which time they would have sex. She said she consented to the sexual intercourse after the first time.
Atwood said there wasn't any evidence presented during the trial that suggested the young girl was making up the story to get back at the accused.
He also stated that he found the accused's testimony that their relationship was "platonic" to be "highly unbelieveable" considering the letters that he sent to her on two different occasion with quotes such as “I love the way you touch me. I love the way you kiss me.
The man will be sentenced Dec. 20 in Pictou provincial court.