Nanaimo man gets jail time for groping student

NANAIMO – A sexual assault conviction has netted a Nanaimo man seven months jail time and three years probation.

  • Jul. 17, 2013 10:00 a.m.

A sexual assault conviction netted a Nanaimo man seven months jail time and three years probation.

Daniel Raymond Sasseville pleaded guilty in May to one count of sexual assault and was sentenced July 4.

The incident happened Feb. 21 at about 11 a.m. when a 23-year-old university student walking along a foot path near the Rotary Bowl running track noticed a man standing over a bicycle.

According to the police report, he struck up a conversation with her as she passed by and began walking with her, then allegedly grabbed her buttocks and chest.

The woman fled and reported the incident to campus security and based on her description, police arrested a suspect less than an hour later.

Sasseville’s must abide by probation conditions that include a daily curfew of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.; he must successfully complete a counselling program at the direction of his probation officer; he is not to be found on any unpaved walkway within one kilometre of Westwood Lake or Vancouver Island University; he must notify his probation officer if he develops a relationship with any female and provide her name and address; and he must have no contact with people he knows to be engaged in the sex trade.