Man convicted of sexual assault to be sentenced

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A Red Deer man convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a local senior will be sentenced on Feb. 18.

Jesse Toews, 26, appeared briefly in Red Deer’s Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday.

His trial wrapped up last month where he was convicted of his crime.

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

The victim, a woman who is in her late 70’s, 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.

Crown Prosecutor Anders Quist plans to make an application to have Toews deemed a dangerous offender or long-term offender.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

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