Abbotsford man guilty of sex assault involving two girls ages 12 and 13

An Abbotsford man was found guilty on Wednesday in Chilliwack Supreme Court of sexual offences involving two girls aged 12 and 13.

An Abbotsford man was found guilty on Wednesday in Chilliwack Supreme Court of sexual offences involving two girls aged 12 and 13.

Shaun Michael Sloat, 33, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 13 on two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference, occurring in November 2007.

Sloat was charged in August 2009 after an extensive investigation by the Abbotsford Police Department (APD).

Const. Ian MacDonald said the matter was brought to the APD’s attention in February 2009, when a youth worker reported that an older man was befriending some young girls to whom she was providing support.

MacDonald said police then conducted an extensive investigation, and allegations began to emerge that there had been sexual contact between the man and girls aged 12 to 14.

The abuse had apparently taken place at the man’s house, where he invited the teens to hang out.

MacDonald said the difficulty was in finding victims who were willing to talk to police. Some did not trust authority figures, while others viewed the man as a friend and did not want to “rat him out,” he said.

Two victims were willing to testify, and did so during Sloat’s trial.

Crown prosecutor Sylvia Domaradzki praised the two girls – now ages 15 and 17 – for their strength and courage.

“They did very well (at the trial). I’m very proud of them,” she said.

In addition to the sexual offences, Sloat was initially charged with two counts of administering a noxious substance, but they were stayed because there was not enough evidence to call an expert to testify, Domaradzki said.

Sloat is not currently in custody. According to the provincial court database, he has an extensive criminal record in Abbotsford, including previous convictions for assault, possession of a controlled substance, uttering threats, possession of stolen property and theft.