Oxford resident gets conditional sentence for sexual assault

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - A man thinking a female he had sexual intercourse with found out the hard way she wasn't of legal age.

Andrew J McKay, 21, now a resident of Oxford, changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday to one count of sexual assault on the female, who was 14-years-old at the time of the May 20 incident.

"I just want to apologize that this matter ever happened," McKay said when Judge R. Brian Gibson asked the man if he had anything to say.

Crown attorney Robert Kennedy read an agreed statement of facts from the incident, telling the judge that the victim and her friend snuck out of the friend's parents' house after the parents went to sleep.

"They went to the old post office in Parrsboro where they met up with the accused and a friend of his," said Kennedy, adding it was the first time McKay had socialized with the girl.

Kennedy said McKay had known who the girl was, as she was friends with his younger brother, so assumed she was of at least age 16.

The group left the old post office and went to McKay's residence in Parrsboro at the time where they ended up consuming alcohol.

At one point in the evening, McKay and the female went into a bedroom where they had consensual intercourse, said Kennedy.

A few days after the incident, the female's mother found out and made a complaint with the RCMP.

Shortly thereafter, McKay was told the RCMP wanted to speak to him about having sex with a minor.

"He turned himself in when he heard the police wanted to talk to him," said Kennedy, noting that was one of many mitigating factors working for McKay.

"He gave his statement and admitted to having consensual sexual intercourse."

Defence counsel Stephanie Hillson said her client didn't take the steps to find out the girl's actual age.

"When he found out she was only 14, he was shocked and scared," she said, adding he immediately went to the police and assisted them in the matter.

Judge Gibson sentenced McKay to a six-month conditional sentence order with conditions - three months to be spent on house arrest and the remaining three to be spent under a curfew.

Following the expiration of the conditional sentence, McKay will face a 12-month probation with conditions.

He has two weeks to pay a $50 victim fine surcharge.

No evidence was given on one count each of anal intercourse, uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm, sexual interference or invitation to sexual touching. The charges were dismissed.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Oxford, Parrsboro, AMHERST

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