Man convicted of sexual assault to be sentenced in 2013

A Red Deer man convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a local senior will have a sentencing hearing in 2013.

A five-week hearing for Jesse Toews, 26, will begin Jan. 10, 2013.

Earlier this year, Toews was supposed to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine whether or not he is considered a dangerous or long-term offender. That assessment has yet to be completed because of a shortage of resources.

After the assessment is complete, if Toews is deemed a dangerous offender, he will not likely be released.

If Toews is deemed a long-term offender that means he will have extended supervision after he is released from prison.

Toews was initially assessed in December 2009 to determine whether or not he was fit to stand trial. The outcome of that assessment deemed he could stand trial.

The sexual assault Toews was convicted for took place on July 29, 2009 near a north end grocery store at about 10 a.m.

The victim, a woman who was then in her late 70s, was walking through a wooded area west of the Save On Foods in the 5300 block of 67 St. when a male grabbed her from behind and pulled her to the ground where she was sexually and physically assaulted.

After the attack, the woman was able to make it to the store and was assisted by employees who called the police and EMS.

RCMP later released a photo of Toews to the public asking for assistance in locating him in connection with the alleged crime.

In late August 2009, Toews turned himself into police.

His trial was held earlier this year.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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