HALIFAX — A prominent Prince Edward Island developer is free on bail pending an appeal of his conviction and sentence on a charge of sexually assaulting a girl in Nova Scotia in 1991.
Stephen Nicholas Taweel, 55, of Charlottetown was found guilty in February of taking advantage of a 14-year-old girl in Dartmouth.
He was sentenced Aug. 14 in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax to 28 months in prison.
The Crown consented to Taweel’s bail application in the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal last week.
Justice David Farrar released Taweel on a $20,000 recognizance with two sureties and Taweel must follow an 11 p.m.-5:30 a.m. curfew and is forbidden from having any contact with the complainant, now 37.
Taweel is president of Taweel Developments Inc. and Taweel Construction Ltd. and chairman of the Charlottetown Downtown Residents Association.
His appeal will be heard next March.