Brantford man sentenced for sexual assault of youth

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A 67-year-old Brantford man who pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a boy and invitation to sexual touching with another boy has been sentenced for the crimes.

In September, Lawson McCutcheon, 67, opted to admit his guilt in response to both charges in Superior Court before Justice John Harper instead of going through a trial scheduled to run for two weeks.

Assistant Crown attorney Larry Brock read from an agreed statement of facts. Brock said that in April 2015, one of the boys went to McCutcheon’s home on Varadi Avenue in Brantford with the understanding he could purchase a used bike from the man.

McCutcheon told the boy he had a scar on his genitals and asked if the boy wanted to see it.

McCutcheon reportedly took off his clothes, lunged at the boy and tried to grab his genitals.

The boy ran away.

Regarding the facts of the other case, Brock said an underage boy was at McCutcheon’s house under the pretense of helping him move boxes.

As the boy worked, he saw McCutcheon sitting with his genitals exposed. McCutcheon told the boy he had undergone surgery to his penis. McCutcheon said there were more boxes to move inside the house and directed him to the bedroom. When the boy went into the bedroom, McCutcheon pulled his pants down.

The boy quickly left the house.

The case was adjourned to allow for the delivery of victim impact statements and for Harper to determine a sentence.

On Dec. 5, Harper sentenced McCutcheon to serve two years in jail for each charge, but ordered they be served concurrently. McCutcheon was given credit for having already served 485 days in custody at a rate of 1.5 days, which translates into 727 days. So McCutcheon only had to spend three more days in jail after being sentenced.

However, McCutcheon will be on probation for the next two years. Harper ordered that McCutcheon be added to the Sex Offender Information Registry for life.

Also for two years McCutcheon is under an order prohibiting him from attending a public park or public swimming area where anyone under the age of 16 years is present or can reasonably be expected to be present, which includes daycare centres, school grounds, playgrounds and community centres.

McCutcheon cannot be within two kilometres, or any other distance specified in the order, of any dwelling house where the victims reside, or of any other place specified in the order.

He also cannot seek, obtain or continue any employment, paid or not, or volunteer in a position of trust or authority with anyone under the age of 16.

The court prohibits McCutcheon to have any contact with anyone under 16 unless an approved supervised is present.

He is also not allowed to use the Internet or any digital network, unless McCutcheon does so in accordance with conditions set by the court.

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