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3/20/2009 7:36 AM
Published Friday March 20th, 2009
Child molester gets 8 months
An Oromocto man who molested a four-year-old girl earned an eight-month jail sentence in Fredericton
provincial court Thursday.
William Gerald Robert Fallon, 27, of 91 Finnamore St. previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual
interference involving a person under the age of 14 between Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 in Fredericton.
Crown prosecutor William Corby said Fallon was left alone with the toddler while her mother went out for
Fallon touched the girl’s vaginal area over and underneath her clothing, the prosecutor said. The girl
said the sexual contact may have happened twice, he said.
Fallon – who has two young sons – isn’t related to the victim. He hasn’t had contact with his sons in a few
The Daily Gleaner isn’t saying how he came into contact with the child so as to protect her identity.
The offence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 days in jail, but the prosecutor argued a
longer stay behind bars was in order.
A pre-sentence report prepared by a probation officer and filed with the court indicated that Fallon tried
to minimize the seriousness of the incident.
Defence lawyer Doug Smith said a letter of apology he wrote in October tells a different story.
“I feel really bad for what I did … I know there is no way to forgive me,” Smith said, quoting Fallon’s
“Whatever happens to me, I deserve it, even if I lose my children.”
Smith said there are several mitigating factors in this case, including Fallon’s guilty plea and his lack of a
Furthermore, he argued the nature of Fallon’s actions is at the lower end of the spectrum of sexual
offences and as such, his sentence should be the minimum term or close to it.
Judge Mary Jane Richards disagreed.
“There is no real explanation for this,” she said.
She agreed with Corby that the sentence should in the six-to-12-month range and settled on eight
She also placed Fallon on probation for three years, during which he’s to undergo sex-offender
counselling, to refrain from living in a residence where children other than his two sons are present and
not to be left alone with children other than his sons.
Richards also ordered him to register as a sex offender for 20 years and to submit a DNA sample to be
included in a national criminal database.
The judge also prohibited Fallon from working or volunteering in any capacity that place him in a position
of trust over children and to refrain from using a computer to communicate with children other than his