Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Chief Sentenced to 9 Months in Jail for Sex Assault on Teen

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Chief Sentenced to 9 Months in Jail for Sex Assault on Teen

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Chief gets 9 months for sex assault

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CARLYLE, Sask. - The chief of a small reserve in southeastern Saskatchewan was sentenced Wednesday to nine months in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Terry McArthur, 48, of the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation, did not address the court and said nothing as he was led out after sentencing.

Provincial court Judge Karl Bazin surprised both the defence and the Crown prosecutor, who had jointly proposed a 12-month conditional sentence to be served in the community.

Bazin said such a sentence would be unfit and would put the administration of justice in disrepute.

The judge also said McArthur showed no remorse and tried to minimize the April 2012 assault on the 16-year-old girl, which involved inappropriate touching.

His lawyer, Chris McLeod, said he would speak with McArthur about whether he wants to launch an appeal.

"The sentence was unexpected but that is what the judge ordered," McLeod said.

McArthur had refused repeated demands from community members to step down as chief after he pleaded guilty in May. …

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