A verdict is expected be delivered tomorrow (Feb. 6) in the case of a Beaverton man accused of sexually assaulting three children.
Dennis Coles, who was arrested and charged in the summer of 2016 for eight offenses involving children, is set to appear in Oshawa court following a four-day trial in December.
He was initially charged with sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference in July of 2016 following allegations from a then five-year-old girl.
Two additional victims came forward shortly thereafter and Coles was charged with five other offences during a court appearance in August of 2016.
According to court documents, the initial set of charges involve incidents that allegedly occurred between September 2014 and July of 2015, while the second is related to allegations dating from January 2012 to the end of December 2014.
Coles was taken into custody by the Durham Regional Police at the end of September 2017 for failing to comply with bail conditions.
He pleaded guilty to a breach charge in Oshawa court on Nov. 14 and was sentenced to probation in addition to time served. He was released pending the trial.
While parents of the alleged victims are still hopeful that justice will be served, they’ve grown disillusioned with the legal process.
“We’re ready for the worst. But whatever happens on Tuesday…all I can hope is my daughter grows up to be a vital part of society and continues to feel empowered. I hope her story has helped others at the same time,” said the mother of the first alleged victim.
“The verdict at this point means nothing to my family. My daughters’ healing processes started as soon as they ended their testimonies. They already feel they have gotten justice…now, we’re working on repairing the damage and moving forward,” added the mother of the other two complainants.
Both of the parents said they are extremely grateful for the community support they’ve received.
“I just want to say how much I truly appreciate everyone that has been involved and supported the three girls in their search for justice,” noted the second mother.