A P.E.I. man who sexually assaulted a sleeping woman in her own home sentenced to only six months in jail
Gregory William Lunn, age 32, has pleaded guilty to the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, to committing sexual assault on a sleeping woman, who he had known prior.
Lunn will face 6 months of jail time, the mandatory minimum for sexual assault, along with 2 years of parole afterwards.To some, this sentencing may seem like a light slap on the wrist for the egregiousness of the act.
“A sleeping person cannot give consent. There is no doubt Mr. Lunn committed sexual assault and it must be denounced and he must face justice,” said Crown prosecutor Gerald Quinn to the courtroom during the sentencing.
According to the agreed facts, Lunn entered the victim’s home after taking a taxi to the residency. He then got into bed with the victim, and initiated sexual intercourse. The woman woke up and told him to stop. He did so. An argument then ensued, ending with Lunn being told to leave, which he then did.
Lunn was convicted in 2017 of dangerous driving causing death. Lunn was also charged with committing an indictable offence during a break and enter. He was found not guilty of that charge.
In the current #MeToo climate, one would think that courtrooms across Canada and the United States would be weary of such light sentencing of violent acts of a sexual nature. More people are paying attention than ever before, and sentences that seem lighter than expected will definitely be under more scrutiny than in times recent.
Of course, there is room for mercy and rehabilitation. But sentencing someone to half a year of prison time for such a disgusting and harmful act does not feel right, nor does it look good. It could be seen as downplaying the problem by some, and the brief sentencing definitely does not serve as any kind of deterrent.