Man convicted of sexually assaulting teen during camping trip

Gilles Robert Leger, 47, will be sentenced at a later date

Man convicted of sexually assaulting teen during camping trip

A former Abbotsford man has been found guilty of sexual offences that involved a 15-year-old girl during a camping trip in 2011.

Gilles Robert Leger, 47, was convicted Oct. 9 in B.C. Supreme Court in Chilliwack of sexual assault and sexual interference of a child under 16.

Although the judge found Leger guilty of both offences, a conditional stay was granted on the sexual assault charge, meaning sentencing will be based on the sexual interference charge.

A conditional stay can be granted when two or more offences derive from the same act.

A date for sentencing has not yet been set.

Leger was charged in early 2012 for the offences that took place Oct. 1, 2011 during a camping trip at Gill Bar on the Fraser River in Chilliwack.

During the trial last December, the court heard that Leger had taken the Abbotsford teen, who was there with some of her friends, for a ride on this ATV. He then sexually forced himself upon her when they were about 10 minutes away from the campsite.

The girl reported the incident to police the following day.

Leger lived in the Matsqui Village area of Abbotsford for several years and later moved to Langley. He is formerly from Moncton, New Brunswick.

– with files from Paul J. Henderson