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.
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.