Nova Scotia

Man to be sentenced for sex acts with girl

A Dartmouth judge says she needs more time before sentencing a Nova Scotia man who engaged in sex acts with a 13-year-old girl.

A Nova Scotia man is expected to be sentenced next week for engaging in sex acts with a 13-year-old girl.

A sentencing hearing for Bradley Roderick Ross, 21, was held Tuesday in Dartmouth provincial court. He was convicted of sexual assault and sexual interference, which carries a mandatory jail term.

Judge Alanna Murphy said she needed more time to consider whether to place Ross on a sex offender registry, and delayed her decision until next Monday.

Ross was 18 years old in June 2009 when he and another young man rode in a van with the victim and her friend.

The girls performed oral sex on the two men, and the victim had intercourse with the co-accused, Michael Roger Hindler.

Hindler was sentenced in May to 90 days in jail, to be served on weekends, plus 18 months' probation.

For Ross, the Crown is seeking a sentence of 60 days in jail, to be served on weekends.

The defence is asking for a 45-day intermittent sentence, which is the minimum allowed. The defence is also opposed to restrictions during probation, including a ban on alcohol and a curfew, and wants to keep Ross off a sex offender registry.

A psychologist brought in by the defence testified Tuesday that Ross is a low risk to re-offend. The Crown challenged that assessment.

Ross is appealing his conviction for sexual assault and sexual interference.

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