Wayne Robert Smith has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexual interference of a person under 16 years old. (News Bulletin file)

Man gets 18 months’ jail for sex with minor in Parksville

Wayne Robert Smith sentenced Tuesday for incidents from 2016

A man will spend 18 months behind bars after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor in Parksville.

Wayne Robert Smith, 55, was charged with sexual interference of a person under 16, sexual assault and telecommunicating to lure a child under 18. The incidents occurred in the summer of 2016. Smith was sentenced by Judge Brian Harvey in provincial court in Nanaimo on Tuesday, with Frank Dubenski, Crown counsel, and Kelly Bradshaw, Smith’s counsel, agreeing on a joint submission.

During sentencing it was revealed that the charges stem from Smith’s interactions with a girl, 15 years old at the time, whose identity is protected. There were two acts of sexual intercourse and subsequently Smith sent sexually suggestive text messages.

Bradshaw told the court Smith regrets his actions very much, accepts full responsibility and his priority has been to make amends. He felt it was a period of weakness and believed, in his mind, that there was mutual attraction. Smith didn’t have a prior criminal record, Bradshaw said, is willing to undergo counselling, and a report suggested he was at a low risk to re-offend.

When Harvey asked if he had anything to say to the court, Smith tearfully said he was sorry.

Harvey told Smith he let a lot of people down and it was something he would have to deal with for the rest of his life. He said joint submissions are to be given significant weight and said Smith should consider himself fortunate that the judge followed the recommended 18-month sentence.

Harvey said the circumstances were quite aggravated, but he also considered the mitigation of Smith’s expression of remorse, guilty pleas and the fact the complainant was spared from having to testify.

Following Smith’s incarceration, he will be placed on two years’ probation. He is to have no contact with the victim or be within 200 metres of any school or residence or workplace she is at.

Having consented, Smith must also successfully complete a psychiatric intake, assessment, counselling and treatment program in relation to sexual offending behaviours, to the satisfaction of his probation officer.

Smith had requested serving his time at Nanaimo Correctional Centre, but Harvey said that would be up to B.C. Corrections to decide.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach approves Pheasant Glen zoning amendment

Majority of residents who spoke at public hearing endorsed proposed amendment bylaw

Centre withdraws from cell tower project in Qualicum Beach

TELUS plans to continue to look at plans to improve cellphone reception in the area

Qualicum Beach council voices support for Ballenas track upgrade

Town still not ready to provide dollar amount without further information

Resident discovers five discarded hog heads in a ditch in Coombs

WARNING: Graphic image may be upsetting to some readers

RDN budget includes unexpected $1.5 million for sewer pipe replacement

Pipe corrosion at Departure Bay discovered in December

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Nanaimo high school following threats

Nearby elementary school was in hold-and-secure

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Suspect steals seaplane, crashes into another in Vancouver habour

Police responded to the incident at 3:30 a.m. on Friday

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

Most Read