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Sex assault on teen earns handyman 3 1/2 year sentence

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A Manitoba handyman has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl while doing work at a friend’s home.

David Robert Locke, 59, was convicted of several sex-related charges following a trial last year. He returned to court Tuesday for sentencing.

Locke denied any wrongdoing, claiming the 15-year-old victim made up a bogus story after he rejected her advances. But Queen’s Bench Associate Chief Justice Shane Perlmutter disagreed in finding him guilty, saying the teen was credible and reliable.

Locke’s crimes took place on three separate days in October 2010, when he and the teen victim were alone together at her family’s home.

The girl told court the first attack occurred when she was home for lunch from school. She said Locke began talking about sex and asked "if she would be comfortable learning something." She said she agreed and that led to about five minutes of sexual activity.

Days later, she was again home for lunch and alone with Locke, and said he requested help repairing a basement light fixture. He fondled her and got her to agree to have intercourse on her mother’s bed. This was followed by a request from him to not tell anyone.

The third incident happened about two weeks later when Locke turned up unannounced in the victim’s mother’s room. He talked with her and asked for hugs. Despite her resistance, he groped her. "I don’t want to do this right now," she said she told him. He eventually coerced her onto the bed.

Following intercourse, the girl told court she felt Locke "shaking and moaning and realized he was crying."

"I’m so sorry. This can never happen again. Promise me this won’t happen," she testified Locke said before getting dressed and leaving.

The girl told her mother what happened the next day and police were notified.

— with files from James Turner


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