Former United Conservative Party MLA Don MacIntyre has pleaded guilty to sexual interference Friday while a charge of sexual assault will be withdrawn.
An agreed statement of facts detailing the crime will be read aloud by prosecutor Julie Snowdon in a Red Deer courtroom.
The offence dates are between 2010 and 2011 and involve a female child under the age of 14. A publication ban protects any information that could identify MacIntyre’s victim.
McIntyre sexually touched his victim five to 10 times over a one-year period beginning in 2010.
“He told her that God said that God was okay with the touching,” reads the agreed statement of facts.
He told the child he had prayed to God about it.
Court to hear from victim
In 2015, the girl told her mother about the abuse and when confronted, McIntyre immediately confessed but said the sexual abuse was “part of Satan’s plan to destroy child’s faith.”
He then wrote apology letters to his victim.
According to the court document, the girl became suicidal.
Sexual interference involves touching someone under the age of 16 years of age for a sexual purpose.
Snowdon and defence lawyers Ian McKay and Heather Ferg will make sentencing submissions after two victim impact statements are read aloud.
The starting point for a sexual interference conviction is four years in prison but aggravating or mitigating factors can increase or reduce that time period.
It’s not yet known if Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Debra Yungwirth will sentence MacIntyre on Monday or reserve her decision.