SUMMERSIDE — Text messages from a middle-aged man asking an underage teen for sex have earned the Kensington resident a 90-day jail sentence.
Terry Ivan Paynter, 51, was sentenced Wednesday morning in Summerside provincial court. He pleaded guilty during an earlier court appearance to a single count of luring a minor, who, in this case, was a 17-year-old girl he knew.
“We’re in a new age here where electronics and Internet and cellphones have everyone in closer proximity to one another, so to speak,” said Judge Jeff Lantz during sentencing.
“People are able to get into the homes of young people . . . without the supervision of adults. We are seeing more and more of these situations.”
Crown attorney John Diamond said the messages were sent from Paynter to the teen in less than 24 hours in late May.
Paynter, in crude language, asked the girl if she wanted to have sex. The girl and her father went to Kensington police shortly after receiving the messages.
When Paynter was questioned, he immediately admitted to sending the messages, telling police he felt “dumb” and “stupid” and didn’t know why he did it.
Diamond detailed the presentence and sexual deviancy reports, both described as “quite positive.”
Paytner, who is married, was described as having a good work history, no previous record and, according to the sexual deviancy report, is at a very low risk to reoffend. The sexual deviancy report came to the same conclusion as a counsellor who saw Paynter after the charge was laid, calling the incident an “anomaly” of the man’s behaviour and “out of character.”
Lantz agreed with the 90-day intermittent sentence, the minimum allowed to be imposed. He ordered Paynter to provide a DNA sample, to stay away from the victim and apply with the Sex Offender Information Registration Act for 10 years.
Once his weekend sentence is served, Paynter will be on probation for 36 months, during which time he must refrain from having any contact electronically — via Internet, social media and texting — with girls aged 12 to 17 and have no contact with any unrelated girls that age. He was also ordered to pay a $50 victim surcharge.