A man from P.E.I. has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for the sexual assault of a teenage girl who he lured to his house with the promise to see a litter of kittens.

Nancy Orr

Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr says the courts in P.E.I. are working to increase sentences for sexual assault. (CBC)

Provincial court judge Nancy Orr said the sentence is another step towards bringing P.E.I.penalties for sex offenders in line with the rest of the country.

Kevin Charles MacKenzie, 51, pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of the girl last June.

The court heard Friday MacKenzie lured the girl to his home in rural P.E.I., ostensibly to see a litter of kittens he was giving away. Once inside the home, he gave the girl cigarettes, got her drunk on beer, then forced her to submit to sexual intercourse, despite her repeated pleas to stop.

In handing down the sentence, Orr said other provinces are handing down three- to five year prison sentences for similar crimes. P.E.I., by comparison, has been handing down sentences of less than two years. She explained P.E.I.'s efforts to increase its penalties for sex crimes is being done gradually, on a case-by-case basis.

She said this two and half year sentence marks another step along that path.

MacKenzie has been in custody since December. He has been ordered to allow police to take a DNA sample from him, and his name will remain on the national sex offender registry for 10 years.

The girl's identity is protected by a court order due to her age. The court heard she continues to undergo testing for sexually transmitted diseases.