Pike deemed a long-term offender

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Given eight years for sexually assaulting teen

A man who sexually assaulted a teenaged girl last fall — and has a long history of crime — has been sentenced to eight years in jail and has been deemed a long-term offender.

Gerald Edmund Pike (right) is pictured in court today in St. John's. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

The sentence was handed down today in provincial court in the case of Gerald Edmund Pike.

Judge Mike Madden gave Pike straight-time credit of 518 days for the time he’s already spent in custody, leaving just over 6 1/2 years left on his term.

The sentence was the result of an agreed recommendation from defence lawyer Jason Edwards and Crown prosecutor Tannis King.

It’s believed to be the first long-term offender designation in this province since 2006.

Pike sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl twice on Oct. 16, 2012, near The Rooms.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s account of the incident, Pike followed the victim from Tim Hortons on Harvey Road and grabbed her.

The teen dialed 911 multiple times during the sexual assault, resulting in a recording of the incident. A second sexual assault was reportedly captured by surveillance cameras outside The Rooms.

Pike — who will be transferred to Springhill institution — has two previous convictions for sexual assault and was on probation at the time.

The long-term offender  designation will be for the maximum time — 10 years. It means when Pike is released from jail, he will be under strict conditions and be subject to close supervision and will be monitored in the community.

Pike, who has been diagnosed with mild retardation and has cognitive issues, will also participate in programming for sexual offenders, alcohol abuse and anger management. His name will be listed on the national sex offenders registry for the rest if his life.

The Crown had sought a dangerous offender designation, but agreed to the long-term offender designation after months of discussions with Edwards.

 

 

Organizations: Tim Hortons

Geographic location: Harvey Road

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  • Pete
    March 25, 2014 - 21:53

    Please dont say he suffers from retardation. Its not a medical term, and its not acceptable in our society anymore. Im disappointed that neither the writer nor the editor thought about this.

  • No Police
    March 24, 2014 - 11:54

    The girl called 911 during an active sexual assault and the perp was able to have a second go? Why didn't every cop in the city drop what they were going and go there. Phones have GPS signals available for 911. We see stories all of the time about police making small marijuana busts. Nice to see that they put their own headlines ahead of the safety of a 16 year old girl. This is disgusting.

    • W bagg
      March 24, 2014 - 13:48

      She was essentially in the cop shop parking lot. Have you ever called 911? I have, first thing you get is a recording asking if you need police, fire or an ambulance..........then a real person comes on the line.

    • MouseAnon
      March 24, 2014 - 14:07

      My thoughts exactly.

  • No Police
    March 24, 2014 - 11:51

    The girl called 911 during an active sexual assault and the perp was able to have a second go? Why didn't every cop in the city drop what they were going and go there. Phones have GPS signals available for 911. We see stories all of the time about police making small marijuana busts. Nice to see that they put their own headlines ahead of the safety of a 16 year old girl. This is disgusting.

    • Kate
      March 24, 2014 - 15:14

      Well said! In addition to the RCMP, the RNC has little interest or understanding in current or historical sexual assaults; reiterating, less interest in it's victims. Not acceptable!