Man jailed for sex offender registry violation
15 days to be served on weekends
A former convict who moved to P.E.I. from New Brunswick to get sex offender treatment is going to jail for failing to register on the Island as a sex offender.
Alan Jefferson now lives in Stratford, across the Hillsborough River from Charlottetown, but following his recent move to P.E.I. he didn't check in with authorities.
Jefferson was convicted in New Brunswick eight years ago of sexual interference with a minor. He was sent to federal penitentiary for four years. He was also required to register with the federal sex offender registration program.
Crown prosecutor John Diamond told CBC News on Thursday it appears Jefferson has been trying to work on his sexual issues.
"There is a unique program that's available on P.E.I. for sex offenders," said Diamond. "It deals with changing one's behaviour; it's offered through Hillsborough Hospital [in Charlottetown]."
The treatment is similar to a program Jefferson was in while in federal prison. Authorities were keeping track of Jefferson, and picked him up after he didn't inform them of his move. Diamond said the incident shows the sex offender registry is working.
While sending him to jail, Diamond gave Jefferson credit for trying to turn his life around.
"It appears that he is utilizing as much of the community support that are available," he said.
The 39-year-old was sentenced to 15 days in custody, to be served on weekends.
There are currently no restrictions on Jefferson being in contact with children.