Fredericton teen jailed for sex crime involving minor

Gavel, law books and scales of justice

A 19-year old Fredericton man will spend 3 months in jail and must register as a sex offender for a decade for sexually touching an underage girl in May 2018.

The Daily Gleaner reports Bailey Joseph Cameron Miller of Hughes Street had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of touching a minor for a sexual purpose.

The incident was reported to Fredericton Police in May 2018 by the victim, who was 13 at the time.

The paper says the girl, whose identity is protected by a court-ordered publication ban, said she met the defendant through mutual friends at the movies on May 18 and that night he started messaging her on Snapchat before going to her home in the early morning hours the next day.

Prosecutors say Miller beckoned the girl outside when she woke at 4:00 a.m. and they sat together before he began touching her sexually, and when he asked that she reciprocate, she told him she was tired and went back inside.

The girl later messaged the defendant to say she was going to the police.

The Gleaner reports Justice Mary Jane Richards as saying she doesn't see Miller as a sexual predator, given his age, but the crime is going to change his life and he'll need to work around that challenge.

Miller will be on probation for a year after his release, must follow any counselling as directed, and must provide a DNA sample for inclusion in a criminal database.

(With files from the Daily Gleaner)