Crown wants prison time for P.E.I. man guilty of sexually assaulting 14 year old
HALIFAX - The Crown is asking for a three- to four-year prison sentence for a prominent P.E.I. businessman convicted of sexual assault.
Fifty-five-year-old Stephen Nicholas Taweel was found guilty earlier this year of failing to obtain the consent of a 14-year-old girl during a series of sexual encounters that took place in the Halifax area in 1991.
The legal age of consent at the time was 14, though Taweel said in court the girl had told him she was 16 years old.
Defence attorney Mark Knox says his client should be handed a conditional sentence.
Knox says Taweel has no criminal record and has good standing in the Charlottetown community.
Taweel is the president of Taweel Developments and Taweel Construction, and is also chairman of the Charlottetown Downtown Residents Association.