Boy who assaulted 10-year-old sister in Niagara Falls hotel placed on probation

A 13-year-old boy who assaulted his younger sister at a Niagara Falls hotel has been placed on probation for two years.

The teenager, who cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on Monday on a charge of sexual assault.

“You must appreciate, and I think you do, the importance that every person, including all family members, friends, same-sex and other-sex people, have the right to decide for themselves. -even who touches it and when, where and how,” Judge Deborah Calderwood said.

“Touching someone in a sexual way without their continued permission can cause them real harm. It’s something that can hurt people deeply and can have really lasting effects.

The court heard the incident involved his 10-year-old sister and happened at a hotel in June 2021.

When questioned by the police, the boy admitted to the offense and admitted that he had taken photos of his brother with his mobile phone during the attack.

The youngster, now 14, had never had any trouble with the courts.

“Compared to adults, young people have less guilt and moral culpability,” the judge said.

She noted that a sentence for a young offender must focus on rehabilitation, reintegration and “fair and proportionate accountability”.

“The goal is to instill respect for societal boundaries while encouraging the repair of harm done to victims in the community.”

One of the conditions of his probation is that he have no contact with his sister.

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