A 67-year-old man has been sent to jail for committing indecent acts against two young girls more than 30 years ago.
In provincial court in St. John’s today, David Mitchell was sentenced to a year-long prison term, with two years’ probation.
“This is a case that has significantly left its impact on now-adult women who had to live with their victimization for over 30 years,” Judge Jim Walsh said in handing down his decision.
Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of gross indecency. One of the offences happened in 1970s, the other in the 1980s. In both incidents, the girls were between the ages of 10 and 15.
“I just want to say that I’m sorry for what I did,” Mitchell told the court.
“I apologize to my victims and I will take my punishment.”
In rendering his decision, Walsh went along with an agreed recommendation from Crown prosecutor Jennifer Colford and defence lawyer Stephen Orr.
“Mr. Mitchell has to understand what he did, aside from the fact it was wrong, was repugnant and there’s a public abhorrence to this type of behaviour,” Colford said.
Orr pointed out that Mitchell has never been in trouble with the law before and has admitted his guilt.
“He understands he’s facing incarceration, and at his age, it won’t be easy,” Orr said.
As part of the sentence, Mitchell’s name will be listed on the national Sex Offenders Registry for life. He must also submit a DNA sample.
As part of his probation, he was ordered to have no contact with the victims and to take part in any counselling programs recommended by his probation officer.