Sexual predator gets jail time

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Once released, Pike will be subject to strict conditions, close supervision for 10 years, deemed long-term offender

A man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl last fall — and has a long history of crime — has been sentenced to eight years in jail and has been deemed a long-term offender.

Gerald Edmund Pike was back in provincial court in St. John’s Monday to be sentenced for sexually assaulting a teenaged girl in October 2012. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

The sentence was handed down Monday in provincial court in the case of Gerald Edmund Pike.

Judge Mike Madden gave Pike straight-time credit of 518 days for the time he’s already spent in pre-trial custody, leaving a little more than 6 1/2 years left on his term.

The sentence was the result of an agreed recommendation from defence lawyer Jason Edwards and Crown prosecutor Tannis King.

It’s believed to be the first long-term offender designation in this province since 2006.

“The only thing I want to say is I’m very sorry for what I done,” Pike said when given the opportunity to address the court.

He was arrested after he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl twice on Oct. 16, 2012, near The Rooms.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s account of the incident, Pike followed the victim from Tim Hortons on Harvey Road and grabbed her.

The teen dialed 911 multiple times during the sexual assault, resulting in a recording of the incident. A second sexual assault was reportedly captured by surveillance cameras outside The Rooms.

Pike pleaded guilty to sexual assault, theft under $5,000 and breach of probation

The 47-year-old — who will be transferred to Springhill Institution in Nova Scotia — has two previous convictions for sexual assault and was on probation at the time.

The long-term offender  designation will be for the maximum time — 10 years. It means when Pike is released from jail, he will be under strict conditions and be subject to close supervision and will be monitored in the community.

Pike — who has been diagnosed with mild retardation, has cognitive issues and was deemed a high risk to reoffend — will also participate in programming for sexual offenders, alcohol abuse and anger management. His name will be listed on the national sex offenders registry for the rest if his life.

The Crown had sought a dangerous offender designation, but agreed to the long-term offender designation after months of discussions with Edwards.

 

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Tim Hortons, Springhill Institution

Geographic location: Harvey Road, Nova Scotia

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