St. Lawrence man suspected of luring, sexually assaulting teen waives preliminary inquiry

Rosie Mullaley
Published on January 8, 2014
Accused child lurer Bradley William Giovannini (left) and Crown prosecutor Sheldon Steeves get ready to leave the courtroom in provincial court in St. John’s at the end of proceedings Tuesday.
— Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A St. Lawrence man who was said to have sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl after persuading her to meet with him will be arraigned at Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s next month.

Bradley William Giovannini was back in provincial court Tuesday for what was supposed to have been the start of hispreliminary inquiry — a hearing which determines whether there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial.

However, when proceedings began, defence lawyer Arnold Hussey informed Judge Lori Marshall that his client decided to waive his right to the inquiry and will, instead, have his case go directly to the higher court.

Giovannini has elected to be tried by judge and jury on charges of child luring by means of a computer system, sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

The offences were said to have happened in June 2012 after the 31-year-old had made contact with the girl over the Internet.

Meanwhile, Giovannini will be back in provincial court later this week to face charges relating to a reported theft from Sears.

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