© Geraldine Brophy
Jason Maynard is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook Monday, Aug. 25, 2014.
A Norris Point man convicted of offences related to luring youth for the second time in approximately two years has been sent to jail.
Jason Richard Maynard, 33, received a total of 13 months in jail after pleading guilty to luring a youth via texting for a sexual purpose, invitation to sexual touching, a breach of probation, and providing liquor to minors. The sentence, imposed by Judge Kymil Howe in provincial court in Corner Brook Monday, is reduced 74 days for time served.
The man, who was described to the court as “slow” and “lacking in psychosexual maturity,” was still serving probation when he was arrested for similar offences in July 2013. He had served a conditional sentence imposed in January 2012 for luring two pre-teenaged girls in the Norris Point area in 2009.
He had contacted the girls through Facebook and later met them between five and 10 times. He also supplied them with cigarettes and beer. Although Maynard thought he would get to have sex with the girls, no sexual offences occurred.
In July 2013, he was arrested this time for soliciting sexual favours, including oral sex, from a 13-year-old girl via text messages and written notes. He had also provided three youth, including the victim, with 48 cans of beer.
This time the luring and invitation to sexual touching offences come with a mandatory jail sentence and a lifetime listing with the sex offender registry.
Crown attorney Alana Dwyer had asked for a total sentence of between 14 and 16 months, requesting a concurrent sentence on the sex-related offences, and consecutive 30-day jail terms for the breach of probation and providing liquor to minor.
Legal-aid lawyer Jamie Luscombe requested a shorter sentence — asking for 12 months on the sex-related offences, a consecutive 30-day prison term for the breach of probation, but a fine for the liquor act offence.
Howe agreed with the shorter jail term of 12 months, and imposed a $500 fine for providing liquor to a minor. Although Dwyer suggested providing alcohol was “grooming” the victim for sexual favours, the judge disagreed with the specific connection.
Maynard, who was also described as socially isolated, is also not permitted to have any contact with people under the age of 16 unless supervised by a court-approved person. He is also not permitted at places that youth can expected to be found — such as schools, parks, playgrounds — or work or volunteer where he would be in a position of trust or authority to youth. He is also not permitted to use a telecommunications device or the Internet unless supervised or for circumstances such as work.
Maynard, who has already been undergoing mental health illness appointments with a health care professional and started psychiatric assessment appointments, will be placed on 18 months of probation after his release from prison.