A man originally from the Burin Peninsula who sexually assaulted two young children has been given an 18-month conditional sentence, with three years’ probation.
Melvin Parrott, 66, was sentenced Monday in provincial court in St. John’s after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual assault.
The incidents happened in the 1990s when the children were around six or seven years old.
On separate occasions, Parrott called each of the children — a girl and a boy — into his garage and had them touch his penis.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Jim Walsh went along with an agreed recommendation by defence lawyer Rosellen Sullivan and Crown prosecutor Allison Manning, who is from the Crown’s office in Grand Bank.
As part of the sentence, Parrott must abstain from alcohol and drugs and was ordered to have no contact with the victims, which is also a condition of his probation.
Parrott, who now lives on the Northeast Avalon area of the province, must also submit a DNA sample and will have his name listed on the country’s Sex Offenders Registry for 20 years.