Sentencing delayed for Beaverton man convicted of sex crimes against children
The sentencing of a Beaverton man convicted of eight sex crimes against three children has been delayed until the end of next month.
Dennis Coles was found guilty three counts of sexual assault, three counts of sexual interference and two counts of invitation to sexual touching in an Oshawa court on Feb. 6.
He appeared in Oshawa court for sentencing Wednesday (March 9) but the matter has been held over until June 26.
“The judge is giving them until the end of May to provide medical documentation in order to sentence him fairly,” explained one of the victims’ mothers.
“He (the judge) did address us at the end of the day, stating we are not to live in fear or allow this to run our lives. We are not to blame in the circumstances and should live guilt-free. I just want this to be over. I want to breathe a sigh of relief and see him escorted out of the courtroom. After that, my family can truly start living once again.”
The guilty verdict back in February came after a four-day trial in December.
Coles 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 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.