Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Gets Sentence Postponed So He Won't Miss School

A 21-year-old man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to three months in jail. The Canadian man's sentence has been postponed until May so that he won't miss any school.

He's facing additional charges of child pornography, but his original court date was adjourned to accommodate his schedule so he could go to hockey camp.

Connor Neurauter, a former junior hockey player, struck up a relationship with a 13-year-old child. The unnamed teen says she was frightened because Neurauter physically abused her and tried to blackmail her with nude photos he took of her.

The girl claims that Neurauter once choked her with his hands. He demanded naked photos in text messages and on Snapchat.

The teen told a friend about her 'boyfriend' and his behavior. The friend took nude pictures of the girl and sent them to Neurauter in hopes that they would appease the man and get him to leave the young girl alone.

When Neurauter continued to bother and harass the girl, the friend told the girl's mother what was happening. The mother of the girl called police to report the man.

“I was very scared because he knew where I lived and knew where my room was,” the girl said in a victim's impact statement in court.

The court date for Neurauter has been repeatedly postponed to accommodate his schedule at University of Calgary and hockey camp. The victim's mother has become increasingly frustrated over the delays.

“Sorry, he’s unavailable for court because he has a hockey tournament. He’s unavailable for court because he has exams," she said.

"He’s unavailable to come to his plea on his own because he’s in the middle of studying. Let’s postpone his jail sentence until May so he can finish a year in college."

"Nobody has stood up and said no, during the whole thing—there was not one time where the judge or even the Crown said ‘please, this is not right.’ The victims are the ones who have been paying over and over, every time we went to court.”

There is a new trend in Canadian courts to work with young men who are guilty of violence against women so they are able to continue their plans and activities. Just last month, a 21-year-old man in Newfoundland pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend, and he was given an absolute discharge.

The judge commented that the guilty man would be 'very successful in life' and didn't want a criminal conviction getting in his way of obtaining a job or a college degree.

“You’re a young person with your whole life ahead of you and the implications of a criminal conviction, a permanent criminal record, could have longstanding repercussions for you,” the judge said.

Another student and hockey player who assaulted a teen girl at a party last year was given a delay in sentencing so that he could complete his internship.

According to Barb Macquarrie, Western University's Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children, the message that these accommodations are sending to victims and would-be perpetrators is that the crimes aren't that serious.

“I’m sure it took a lot for [Neurauter's victim] to come forward, a lot,” said Macquarrie to Vice.com.

“She got very minimal validation from the system. It’s almost as if the system is apologizing to the offender.... We’re potentially missing some warning signs of somebody who could become a much more dangerous offender."

Macquarrie thinks it's fine for offenders to continue their education, but not at the expense of carrying out justice. "Unless they really, really come to terms with how problematic this behavior is, they don’t have much of a future anyway,” she added.

Source: Vice
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