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Handyman convicted of having sex with teen

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A Manitoba handyman faces the possibility of incarceration after sexually interfering with a teen girl multiple times after being hired to work at a friend's home. David Robert Locke, 58, was convicted this week of several sex-related charges following a trial held in May.

Locke denied allegations made by a 15-year-old girl made against him in fall 2010, claiming she made things up out of anger after he rejected her advances. Court of Queen's Bench Associate Chief Justice Shane Perlmutter disagreed.

"I found (her) credible and her evidence to be reliable," Perlmutter ruled in a 20-page decision. "I'm satisfied there was no fabrication."

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.

A family friend, Locke was hired to do fix-it work around their house, according to Perlmutter's written reasons for conviction.

The girl testified their initial encounter happened when she was home for lunch from school and Locke was installing a toilet. They talked about sex. Locke asked her "if she would be comfortable learning something," she testified. She said she agreed and that led to about five minutes of sexual activity. "See, that wasn't weird at all," the now 18-year-old girl reported Locke as saying.

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, Perlmutter said. This was followed by a request from him to not tell anyone.

She said the third and final 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 said 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 next day, she reluctantly told her mother what happened and police were notified. Locke argued her reluctance was actually because she didn't want to be sent back to a program for an eating disorder, and was looking for sympathy from her mother so she'd be left alone. Backed into a corner, Locke became a "convenient target," for her, Locke's lawyer argued.

But efforts to attack the young woman's story at trial fell short, Perlmutter said.

A sentencing date has not been set.

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 9, 2013 A6

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