Canada

Ramsay sentenced to probation, community service

Former Reform MP from Alberta Jack Ramsay has pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault.

Former Alberta MP Jack Ramsay will not serve any jail time after pleading guilty to a charge of indecent assault.

He has been sentenced to one year of probation and 120 hours of community service.

Ramsay entered the guilty plea Tuesday morning just before his second trial for attempted rape was about to begin in Melfort, Saskatchewan.

Ramsay asked for forgiveness from the unidentified victim before the sentence was handed down.

She expressed relief in her victim impact statement.

"I don't have to be afraid anymore. I'm happy this is over. I don't wish this on anyone," she read.

The incident took place more than 30 years ago in the remote northern Saskatchewan community of Pelican Narrows, while Ramsay was the corporal in charge of the RCMP detachment. The complainant was 14.

Before the trial started, lawyers announced an agreement had been reached for Ramsay to plead guilty to the lesser charge.

Ramsay was convicted of attempted rape in November, 1999, and sentenced to nine months in jail. But the verdict was overturned on appeal last January because of errors in the trial judge's charge to the jury.

A new trial was ordered last February.

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