Kamloops man who had sex with teen will be sentenced on Sept. 19

Crown wants 20 months to two years in jail; defence is asking for three years of probation

A middle-aged Kamloops man who had sex with a 14-year-old boy he met on a hookup app could spend two years behind bars.

Gardian Angel apologized near the end of a sentencing hearing in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on Wednesday.

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"I've made mistakes," he said. "I'm just really sorry." 

Crown prosecutor Laura Drake is seeking a jail sentence in the range of 20 months to two years. Defence lawyer Jay Michi has suggested a three-year probation term.

Angel was convicted in May following a trial in front of B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand, who found the accused's testimony incredible.

Court heard Angel and the teen met in July 2016 on Grindr, an app used by gay and bisexual people wanting to meet up. At the time, the boy was 14, while Angel was 53.

The teen admitted in court that he lied about his age on the app, which requires users to be 18 or older. He told Angel he was actually 16 after being confronted about a discrepancy on his Facebook page.

The two bonded over an interest in photography, but talk soon turned sexual. They exchanged nude photos and agreed to meet. Angel picked the teen up from a convenience store and drove him to his condo in Aberdeen.

The teen testified the two engaged in sexual intercourse in Angel's bedroom.

Marchand found Angel failed to "have a direct, specific and earnest conversation" with the teen about his age before engaging in sexual activity.

Angel will be sentenced on Sept. 19.

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