Kenyon serving jail time

Former councillor charged with interference and assault

A former Harrison Hot Springs councillor is spending the next several weekends in a remand centre, serving out a 14-day sentence for sexual interference and assault involving a minor.

Dave Kenyon confessed to an RCMP officer earlier this year.

He faced a provincial court judge in Chilliwack on July 12 and pleaded guilty. There is a publication ban on details of the case which would identify the victim.

Kenyon confirmed media reports from earlier this week, saying that “on the scale of offences, it’s very minor.”

The incident occurred while Kenyon was serving on council, which was 2008 until the November election in 2011. He ran for re-election, but lost.

He said the judge allowed him to serve on weekends so that Kenyon could run his business. He is also subject to two years’ probation during which he is not to have contact with any person under the age of 16. In addition, Kenyon said he will also be on the National Sex Offenders Registry for 10 years.

Kenyon spoke to the Observer following the court appearance, adding that he has been suffering from “severe depression, which I’ve been going to counselling for, and I’ve been on medication for.

“It is not an excuse for what happened, and I take full responsibility for what happened,” he said.

Kenyon began serving his 14-day sentence last weekend.

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