Woman jailed two years for sex assault on 5-year-old girl

Jennell Crossfield is not a pedophile, a doctor told court during her sentencing hearing for sexual...

Jennell Crossfield is not a pedophile, a doctor told court during her sentencing hearing for sexual assault. She gave oral sex to a five-year-old girl. (Submitted Photo)

Tony Spears, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:58 PM ET

OTTAWA — A woman who sexually assaulted a five-year-old her mother was babysitting was sentenced to jail Friday to two years less a day.

Judge Catherine Kehoe lambasted Jennell Crossfield, 27, for targeting the young girl as an act of revenge rather than sexual deviance.

"In that case, the crime was calculated, cold and shows an extreme lack of empathy," Kehoe said. "The facts in this case are extremely disturbing."

In June 2009, the girl's mother learned what had happened when her normally cheerful daughter told her that Crossfield was "evil."

"It hurt my heart," the girl said.

After Crossfield was convicted of sexual assault in October, she was subjected to a standard battery of tests to determine if she is a pedophile.

The doctor administering the tests said she likely wasn't, though noted she was less than co-operative.

Crossfield also scored high on a test measuring deceptiveness, and Kehoe found that Crossfield was "deceitful, manipulative and absolutely dishonest."

The doctor posited that revenge, rather than a specific sexual attraction, was behind the sexual assault.


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