Sentencing delayed for Carlson

Sentencing has been delayed for a Kelowna man, now identifying as a woman, charged with sexually interfering with an eight-year-old girl a total of nine times.

Rhiley Carlson (formerly known as Jeremy Carlson) was arrested in September of 2016, and plead guilty late last year to the charge of sexual interference of a person under 16.

At Monday’s scheduled sentencing hearing, Crown counsel told Judge Monica McParland that Carlson had taken advantage of a position of trust to repeatedly molest the girl from December of 2015 to September of 2016.

McParland was moved to tears as the victim’s mother delivered an emotional victim impact statement, detailing the emotional and physical trauma that Carlson had inflicted on her daughter.

Defence counsel Jacqueline Halliburn suggested Carlson’s inappropriate sexual behaviour was a result of abuse she had suffered earlier in life, as well as her issues with gender identity.

The Crown is seeking a prison sentence of 20 months, while Halliburn is asking for Carlson to serve a 90-day sentence on weekends.

Halliburn made a last minute submission for Judge McParland to step down from the case, claiming that the case had been prejudged.

That submission will be under review throughout the month of May, and a new sentencing date is expected to be decided after May 31st.

The identities of the victim and her family are protected under a publication ban.