N.S. man sentenced to four months in prison following sexual assault of teenage friend

A young aboriginal man who sexually assaulted a 16-year-old friend has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge James Chipman said the sentence took Davis Joseph Prosper's aboriginal status into account.

Chipman said Prosper ``exhibits great potential'' despite a difficult upbringing, and should not face a lengthy jail term.

The ruling states that Prosper, who is in his early 20s, assaulted the girl while she was texting her boyfriend in her bedroom on the Eskasoni First Nation in August 2015.

He tried to take off her shorts and sexually assaulted her underneath her clothing.

Prosper pleaded guilty to the offence.

Crown attorney John MacDonald was seeking a two-year jail term for what he called ``a major or serious sex assault,'' while defence lawyer Blair Kasouf suggested 90 days intermittently.

Chipman said he was satisfied Prosper took responsibility for his actions and expressed remorse.

He said Prosper experienced poor socio-economic conditions that have affected aboriginal people ``since the time of colonization.''