A 29-year-old man with mental health problems walked into a RCMP office in May and confessed to a sex crime committed a decade ago.
Brett Lindsey pleaded guilty to sexual touching in relation to an incident in Fort McMurray, when he was 19 years old and babysitting a nine-year-old girl.
Crown lawyer Frank Caputo said Thursday in provincial court that Lindsey was babysitting the daughter of his work supervisor at the time.
“They played a game of truth or dare.”
Caputo said Lindsey convinced the girl to take off her clothes and encouraged her to do a number of sex acts but “nothing further took place.”
RCMP interviewed Lindsey shortly afterward, but he denied wrongdoing at the time.
Defence lawyer Graham Kay said Lindsey’s conscience weighed on him and he confessed this year.
Both Caputo and Kay asked for a conditional sentence —something that wouldn’t be available had the crime occurred today. The Criminal Code has since been amended, making jail mandatory in sex crimes.
Kay said Lindsey has attended Thompson Rivers University recently, but stopped after he confessed to the crime.
A psychiatric report found he has bipolar disease; he takes a number of anti-psychotic and mood-stabilization medications. Lindsey receives a disability payment and has been stable with housing assistance, Kay said.
Kay added his client wants a period of house arrest, where he is restricted from alcohol and the Internet, and can receive counselling.
Judge Chris Cleaveley said Lindsey is at a low-risk to reoffend, giving him a 12-month conditional sentence with a curfew for the first four months. He is also banned from the Internet and must provide probation officials or police with permission to access his online logs.