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Prince George man sentenced for sexual assaults

John James Groeb named to national sexual offender registry for life
The entrance to the Prince George courthouse. (Citizen file photo).

A 55-year-old Prince George man, John James Groeb, was sentenced Friday to two years less a day in jail followed by three years probation for two counts of sexual assault.

Details surrounding the incidents are protected by a court-ordered publication ban against information that would identify the victims but the victims waived that protection in order to make Groeb’s name public.

Groeb had pleaded guilty to the counts on the first day a trial was scheduled to begin in June and he has remained in custody ever since.

Less credit for time served, Groeb has one year, 212 days left to serve in jail.

Terms of probation include reporting all relationships with females to his probation officer, to refrain from contacting the victims or being in their presence and to take counselling as required by his probation officer.

Groeb was also prohibited from frequenting areas where minors are typically present, such as schools, swimming pools and playgrounds, for 10 years, his name will be on the national sex offender registry for life and he was issued a lifetime firearms prohibition.

In issuing the terms, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross accepted a joint submission from Crown and defence counsels.

Groeb plans to apply to Ford Mountain Correctional Centre in Chilliwack where programs for sexual offenders are available, the court was told.

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