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Touching victim through pants puts P.E.I. man in jail

P.E.I. Provincial Court sign in Charlottetown.
P.E.I. Provincial Court sign in Charlottetown. - SaltWire Network

A P.E.I. man who pleaded guilty to assault after he touched another male through his pants was sentenced recently to 60 days in jail.

Robert Wayne McQuaid, 46, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in provincial court in Charlottetown.

The court heard the RCMP responded to a Crime Stoppers tip about a possible assault on the victim.

Crown attorney Gerald Quinn said McQuaid grabbed the victim without consent and tried to pull his pants down while they were roughhousing.

The victim told police McQuaid touched him over his pants.

Quinn said McQuaid left the victim but returned soon after and gave a tearful apology.

McQuaid also wrote several apologies.

The Crown and defence made a joint recommendation for a sentence of 60 days in jail with two years of probation.

Orr followed the sentencing recommendation and McQuaid will serve the time intermittently so he can continue to work.

McQuaid must also pay a $100 victim surcharge.

A publication ban prevents the release of any details that could identify the victim.

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