News

18 months in jail for anti-youth violence crusader

James Miller has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and two years probation for molesting an 11-year-old boy several years ago. - Leader file photo
James Miller has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and two years probation for molesting an 11-year-old boy several years ago.
— image credit: Leader file photo

James Miller, the founder of a website called End Youth Violence and often-quoted speaker on youth crime issues, was sentenced this morning (Friday) to 18 months in jail for sexually assaulting a pre-teen.

In October, a B.C. Supreme Court Judge found Miller guilty on three charges of molesting an 11-year-old boy, including sexual assault, sexual interference of a person under 14 and sexual exploitation. The charges stem back to four incidents, two in 2001 and two in 2005.

At the time of conviction last fall, Justice Bruce Josephson said the male victim, now 19 years old, was a "powerful and credible witness," whereas Miller's explanations made no sense and were "approaching the bizarre."

Miller must also serve two years probation following his prison term.

A court order forbids publishing any information that would identify the victim.

The investigation into the complaint began before Miller ran as an independent candidate for Newton-North Delta in the 2008 federal election using the name James Miller-Cousineau. At the time, he said the allegations were unfounded.

- with files from Dan Ferguson

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Local 10-year-old declares the right to a healthy environment
 
#UsedHelps: Connecting Business with Canadian Charities
 
Family of hit-and-run victim makes emotional public appeal w/video
Qualicum’s Pedego leads country in sales — wins Dealer of the Year award
 
Vote for your favourites during the Nelson Star online contest
 
Crafty, creative business opens in Penticton Cannery Trade Centre
Nourishing the human spirit
 
Wildrose migration a month in making: Prentice
 
NDP blasts lottery corporation spending

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.