A provincial court judge sentenced a 30-year-old man who pleaded to sexually assaulting two teenage girls to 18 months jail.
“It’s not enough to be told, as this offender was by his mother, ’It’s just the way it is,’” provincial court judge Stephen Harrison said Thursday.
The sentencing judge said the cycle of sexual violence that exists in some aboriginal communities must be stopped.
A pre-sentence report found Adrian Peters was the victim of sexual abuse as a child, by relatives and people staying at his home.
“This legacy of dysfunction has continued in his life,” Harrison said.
Peters pleaded guilty to sexual assault against a 14-year-old girl and touching for a sexual purpose of another girl, 15. The victims’ names are protected under a court order.
The events occurred Oct. 30, 2011, when the two girls came to a house on Kamloopa Road, with a 26-ounce and 40-ounce bottle of booze in hand.
“Almost all the group became highly intoxicated,” Harrison said.
Once drunk, Peters took the 15-year-old to a bedroom in the house. He was interrupted by his friend, who warned him to be careful because the girl was the sister of a friend.
They were interrupted again by the girl’s sister, who removed her from the house. But the court heard the friend wouldn’t leave, staying with Peters and the resident of the home.
Neither Peters nor the girl had a recollection of what happened. But friends came in the morning and found the two in bed together, naked. The girl was taken to hospital after she could not be awakened.
DNA samples taken at hospital found Peters had sex with the 14-year-old.
Defence lawyer Michelle Stanford argued for the minimum 14-day sentence along with a conditional sentence in the community for Peters, who suffered physical and sexual violence as a child.
But Harrison said there is a need to break the cycle in aboriginal communities and the minimum sentence isn’t enough.
In addition to the 18-month sentence, Peters will be under probation for 12 months after his release. Terms include a curfew and mandatory counseling. He must also not be alone with anyone under the age of 16.
Peters will be added to the national sex offender registry for 10 years.