A Halifax man’s sentencing for molesting a girl over a period of more than six years has been delayed until next week.
Stanley Robert Lowther, 39, pleaded guilty last June to a charge of sexual assault. He was supposed to be sentenced Friday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax but the hearing was adjourned until Wednesday because the judge has been sick.
The Crown is seeking a lengthy federal prison sentence for Lowther.
Lowther began sexually abusing the girl in April 2005, when she was 12. The abuse continued until December 2011, when the young woman reported it to a family member and police were called.
Police arrested Lowther last January and charged him with six offences – single counts of sexual assault and common assault and two counts each of sexual interference with a child under the age of 16 and sexual exploitation.
The complainant’s identity is banned from publication. The abuse is not related to Lowther’s volunteer work coaching children’s soccer, which he had to give up after he was arrested.
Lowther remains free on the condition that he has no contact with the victim and her family. He’s also prohibited from going within 50 metres of playgrounds, schoolyards and other places frequented by children and from having contact with any child under the age of 16 unless a guardian is present.
BY STEVE BRUCE COURT REPORTER
January 11, 2013 – 12:50pm
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