John Holman

John Holman, pictured here in the CBC studio in Inuvik. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

An Inuvik, N.W.T., man will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to sexually abusing three children more than 25 years ago.

John David Holman Sr., 67, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of rape in relation to incidents in Inuvik between 1976 and 1985. The victims were children between the ages of 7 and 13.

His sentencing hearing, initially scheduled for December, was delayed as Holman was in the midst of treatments for prostate cancer.

The court heard that when Holman was charged with one of the offences, he confessed to the other two. Holman has previous convictions of sexually assaulting children around the same time.

The Crown has asked for Holman to serve five and a half years in prison, that he be put on the national sex offender registry, and submit a sample of his DNA.

The defence said Holman was sexually abused in residential school at the age of 13 then he spent 25 years drinking heavily. Holman says he's been sober since 1991 and is active in AA leadership meetings. He's also been receiving counselling.

Holman apologized, telling the court he feels shame and that he's ready to pay the price for the crimes he's committed.

The defence is asking for a sentence of three to four years in prison. 

Holman is a former employee of CBC North.