A Pemberton man currently suspended from his employment with the Sea to Sky School District has been sentenced to house arrest and will be added to the national sex offenders registry for two counts of sexual interference with two young boys.
Peter Littleboy stood silently in a Surrey courtroom Tuesday (Jan. 10) while Judge G. Gill handed down the sentence for the offences, which took place more than 20 years ago.
The crimes took place between 1989 and 1991, when Littleboy, now a 54-year-old Pemberton resident who also goes by the first name David, lived in Langley.
The boys, aged 11 and 12 at the time of the offences, only came forward a few years ago, as grown men. Neither can be identified due to a publication ban in place to protect the victims.
Littleboy was in a position of trust and authority over each of the victims when the offences took place, said Gill.
"He clearly abused that position of trust," Gill said.
The judge noted several aggravating factors, including the fact that there was more than one incident with each victim. One victim has had trouble managing his anger, has had substance abuse problems and sexual confusion since the assaults. The other has suffered from guilt and nightmares.
Gill, however, agreed to a sentence that was suggested by both the Crown and defense lawyers.
Littleboy will not spend time behind bars, but he will be under house arrest for the next nine months. He will be allowed to leave his house to continue his work as a taxi driver, and for two hours each week for errands.
During his conditional sentence, he is banned from being in parks, near schools, at swimming pools, or any other place children under 16 gather. He can't be alone with any child under age 16 for any reason, and he can have no contact with his victims.
He must surrender a DNA sample and will be entered into a national sex offenders database. He may also have to undertake mandatory counselling.
Littleboy was a former school bus driver and janitor at Pemberton and Whistler secondary schools but was suspended without pay when the charges came to light in 2009. A Sea to Sky School District representative said Monday (Jan. 9) that Littleboy would require the board's approval to be reinstated.
When The Question contacted Pemberton Taxi owner Mark Hunter about Littleboy's employment status with the cab company, Hunter gave "no comment" and hung up on the reporter.
A guilty plea and an apology Littleboy gave were part of the reason for not putting him behind bars, said Gill.
Police found the offender apparently suicidal and fashioning a belt into a noose at one point, Gill noted. Once arrested, he quickly admitted to his crimes.
He has since been isolated from his extended family.
"He has now become something of an outcast," Gill remarked.
Gill also found that Littleboy was not likely to re-offend. He has no criminal record, and in the 20 years between the crimes and his arrest, there was no indication that he had abused any other victims.
Littleboy will be on probation for two years after his conditional sentence ends, and he will have many of the same conditions on his movements.