P.E.I. man sentenced to one year in jail for sexual offences

Published on January 21, 2014

Prince Edward Island provincial court

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A 51-year-old Charlottetown man was sentenced Tuesday in provincial court to serve one year in the provincial correctional centre on each of five sexual offences involving persons under the age of 18.

The sentence was imposed in the case of  Gary Thomas Livingstone.

Livingstone had pleaded guilty to invitation to sexual touching, sexual exploitation, luring a child and procuring a child.

Chief Provincial Court Judge John Douglas said the long-term effects of Livingstone’s actions on the victims were among his considerations in imposing sentence.

Defence Counsel Thane MacEachern said Livingstone is remorseful for his actions. He had no prior criminal record.

He accepted responsibility for his actions.

MacEachern agreed one-year concurrent sentences on all five counts were appropriate.

He also said Livingstone plans to relocate to Alberta upon release.

Livingstone apologized in court to his victims.

In addition to the time he will spend in custody he will spend 30 months on probation.

He must undergo assessment, counseling and treatment for underlying issues including sexual deviancy and mental health issues.

He is not allowed to have contact with the victims.

He is also not allowed to have contact with persons under 18 unless a responsible adult is present.

Douglas also ordered Livingstone to provide a sample of his DNA for the national DNA databank.

Victims of crime surcharges were also imposed.