Paul Noiles hides his face as he's led into the sheriff's van on Wednesday. (CBC)

The 45-year-old man charged with sexual assault against an 84-year-old woman in Springhill has a history of similar convictions, according to court documents obtained by CBC News.

Paul Noiles appeared briefly in Amherst provincial court on Wednesday, charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, sexual assault, break and enter, forcible confinement and mischief.

Officers with the Springhill Police Service said a man forced his way inside the 84-year-old woman's home at around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday.

"It is disturbing. I'm sure Crowns and police officers and citizens in general have sleepless nights sometimes, thinking about these things going on," said Crown attorney Bruce Baxter.

"The best we can do is take hold of them once they do happen and do our best to keep them from happening again. But ultimately, the sentencing process is up to the courts and their release into the community is up to the parole system."

In 1985, Noiles was convicted of break and enter and assaulting a 62-year-old woman.

Three years later, he was charged for a break and enter and assault on an 88-year-old woman.

Court documents show he charged with assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 1996. Noiles was then convicted of sexually assaulting the same girl when she was 17 years old.

In 2000, Noiles was sentenced to eight years in prison after he was charged with the sexual assault of an 88-year-old woman.

Noiles will be back in court Friday morning for a bail hearing.