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Judges deny appeal in case of sexual touching of young Calgary girls

01/19/2015 11:18 EST | Updated 03/21/2015 05:59 EDT
CALGARY - A former Alberta Children’s Hospital worker who was convicted of sex-related offences against young girls has had his appeal denied.

In his appeal, Ronald Arthur Sayers claimed the nature of the touching involving the girls wasn’t major and his four-year sentence should be reduced.

The Alberta Court of Appeal disagreed, saying that repeated acts of sexual touching of a young child can constitute a major sexual assault.

Back in April 2012, Sayers was found guilty of sexual interference in relation to two girls under the age of 14.

The abuse didn’t happen at the hospital.

The panel says despite an apparent lack of psychological or emotional harm caused, the crimes are “serious," showing a “callous disregard for the victim.”

(CHQR)

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