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P.E.I. man to be sentenced in April after incident at motel

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A P.E.I. man who sexually assaulted a woman he met through an online dating website will wait to hear his sentence in April after pleading guilty in provincial court.

Randy Myron Barbour, 59, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in Charlottetown on Tuesday where his case was scheduled to go to trial.

Instead, Barbour changed his plea to guilty before the trial began.

Reading an agreed statement of facts, Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald told the court Barbour met the victim through dating website Plenty of Fish and initially identified himself as Randy Inman.

He later told the victim his last name is Barbour.

The court heard the two met at a Tim Hortons a few days before the assault and went for a walk at Brackley Beach on a different day.

MacDonald said the two also exchanged text messages and, thinking things were going well, the victim introduced Barbour to her brother.

On Oct. 20, Barbour asked the victim to go to the motel where he was living, but the woman told him she was out with friends and would go later.

MacDonald said the woman met Barbour at the motel, the two eventually went into his room and she was initially a willing participant.

The court heard that changed when Barbour started doing things the woman didn’t want and she told him several times to stop.

Later in the night after the assault was over, Barbour asked the victim to get in bed with him, which she did, although MacDonald said the woman felt terrified.

There was a bat near the bed and Barbour was much bigger than the woman, MacDonald said.

The court heard that the victim said she had a conversation with Barbour prior to the assault about what she didn’t want during a sexual encounter, which included some of the things he did to her.

After his arrest on Oct. 22, Barbour corroborated many of the details up to the assault but said everything was consensual.

MacDonald said the victim verbally wasn’t consenting and told Barbour to stop some of what he was doing.

She was scared to say anything after the assault, MacDonald said.

Barbour will be back in court April 17 for sentencing, and a pre-sentence report will be prepared for the case.

A publication ban prevents the release of any details that could identify the victim.

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