A Beaverton man convicted of sexually assaulting three children will be spending the next two years in prison barring an early release.
Dennis Coles was sentenced in Oshawa court Tuesday (June 26), with the two-year term coming in addition to time spent in custody pending trial. He’ll also be included in the National Sex Offender Registry and serve three years of probation upon release.
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.
The guilty verdict was rendered following a four-day trial in December of 2017.
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 involved incidents that occurred between September 2014 and July of 2015, while the second was related to allegations dating from January 2012 to the end of December 2014.
In statements to The Brock Voice following the verdict, the parents of the young victims said they were pleased with the sentence.
“Today marks the end of this two-year chapter in my family’s book. Our hearts are so grateful to our family and friends and this community for their continued love and support. My daughter will grow to be a successful part of society because of this,” said one of the victim’s mothers.
“We’re pleased with the sentencing. The judge could’ve gave him more time but to do that meant that he (Coles) would in the clear after serving his time. No probation or mandatory psychological evaluation and treatment. We feel that…he needs to be monitored more than our family needed to see a longer sentence,” added another mother of victims in the case.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome for the three girls. They truly are heroes.”
The healing process for victims – and their families – continues to be an ongoing process.
“I feel that justice was served today. No sentence will give me back my girls’ innocence and I have to bear that burden. But for the next two years he will be a guest of the Province in Joyceville and I will attend any parole hearing he has. After his release, he will be on a very short leash…the judge made that very clear,” another parent said.
“After court, we – the families – agreed to leave it all there and let the healing truly begin.”