Sentencing delayed for Penticton john

A Penticton man who pled guilty to obtaining sexual services of a person under the age of 18 will have to wait to be sentenced.

Benny Wolfe was prepared to go to jail when he appeared in Penticton provincial court on Monday morning, but the judge had other ideas. Judge Meg Shaw told the man that she wants another pre-sentence report completed on him that would include psychiatric and psychological components, as well as a risk assessment.

“I think it is essential and needs to be done before sentencing proceeds,” said Shaw. “This is necessary for both the defence and the Crown.”

Wolfe said he had turned in his key to his Penticton rental apartment already and wanted to proceed with sentencing. He told the judge it has been difficult for him to find a place because of the conditions placed against him while he is out on bail that don’t allow him to live near parks, schools and other places where children may be.

“It was pure hell finding a place. I nearly ended up in jail because I couldn’t find a place,” said Wolfe.

The charge of obtaining sexual services of a person under the age of 18 is an indictable offence with a minimum of six months in jail, up to a maximum of five years.

Wolfe said he will be “challenging” some of the points Crown counsel Catherine Crockett is expected to be make at the sentencing which wont happen until Nov. 21 at 10 a.m.


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