Tim Hortons groper jailed 60 days

Tim Hortons in Wawa, Ont. (Google maps)

Tim Hortons in Wawa, Ont. (Google maps)

LINDA RICHARDSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:28 PM ET

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- A Chapleau, Ont., man who told police he groped a teenaged girl in a Tim Hortons parking lot because she “just kind of looked easy” was jailed Thursday

Nathan Jansen, 37, was sentenced to 60 days, less six days credit for pre-sentence custody, in a Sault Ste. Marie courtroom.

Jansen pleaded guilty in May to sexual interference — touching a person under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose.

The offence carries a minimum sentence of 14 days.

The attack, parts of which were caught on a surveillance camera, occurred July 9, 2011, at the Tim Hortons in Wawa, Ont.

The 15-year-old girl was on a family vacation with her parents when they stopped at the coffee shop for a break.

The victim was in the parking lot having a cigarette when Jansen approached her, asked for a smoke, then pulled at her shirt and “grabbed” at her ribs.

He “put his hand down the back of my pants and then tried to put it down further” before she managed to push him away, she told police in a video interview.

When police spoke to Jansen, he admitted he had “basically grabbed her butt.”

He said the girl was wearing short shorts and a belly shirt.

“Just the way she was dressed said something to me,” he said.

Crown attorney Kelly Weeks was seeking a nine-month sentence for the offence she described as a “every parent’s worst nightmare.”

The girl had been assaulted by a stranger in broad daylight, in a public place with her parents nearby and where she should have felt safe, Weeks said.

Defence counsel Ross Romano proposed a 60-to-90-day jail term at a hearing in August.

He unsuccessfully argued that his client should get credit for 110 days of pre-sentence custody for the time he spent under strict bail conditions and be sentenced to time served.

When he indicated what sentence he was imposing, Ontario Court Justice Andrew Buttazzoni rejected the Crown’s proposal.

“With all due respect to the Crown, a period of incarceration of nine months is not supported by the case law I reviewed,” he said.

The judge said 60 days, followed by the lengthiest period of probation -- three years -- was appropriate.

During his probation, Jansen can’t be alone with a female under the age of 16 unless an immediate family member.

Jansen must register as a sex offender for 10 years.

As well, he is prohibited from attending public parks or swimming areas frequented by persons under the age of 16, or a daycare centre, school ground, playground or community centre for 10 years.

 


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