'Wes the Cat' sentenced for sexual assault

A man who sexually assaulted a girl 50 years ago was sentenced Monday in court.

A man who sexually assaulted a girl 50 years ago was sentenced in court Monday.

Wilfred Stanley Edwards, known as Wes the Cat, of Charlottetown received two years probation.

The 67-year-old pleaded guilty to indecent assault of a girl, which according to court documents, occurred sometime between 1961 and 1964.

Unlike in the United States, there is no statute of limitations in Canada for anything other than a summary or misdemeanour offence.

Edwards was 16 at the time.

The victim stayed silent for decades, but came forward while Edwards was in jail recently for theft.

Edwards has a lengthy record for petty theft — most were for stealing small items to sell from his bicycle at various locations around the city, including stolen sunglasses outside the provincial courthouse.

He was convicted in 2010 of taking a P.E.I. Humane Society donation jar containing $26, and was once convicted of theft after breaking into a retail store and ordering a taxi to make his getaway.

This is his first conviction for a sex offence.

He's been ordered to provide a blood sample for the national sex offender DNA bank.