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  • Man Loses Appeal on Sexual Relationship With Teenager

    A man in his 30s from the west coast who was found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl has lost his appeal on conviction.

    Peter Hoyles was convicted in October 2016 of two counts of sexual assault and uttering threats.

    According to court documents, Hoyles had sex with the 14-year-old in his truck after picking her up walking.

    Hoyles was previously convicted on the same charges in 2015, but that decision was overturned because of a legal error, and a new trial was ordered.

    Holyes was sentenced to three and a half years for the crimes.

    He appealed that conviction – he says the judge should not have allowed the complainant to testify outside the courtroom by CCTV, and he says the judge failed to consider evidence from one of the witnesses.

    The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal found Hoyle’s arguments regarding the witness had no merit, and found the trial judge did not err in his sentencing of the offender.

    As a result, the appeal was dismissed. Hoyles has similar convictions on his record.

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