Conditional sentence, probation for peeping tom

Daniel Ashton was caught twice watching women change their clothes

  • May. 15, 2013 1:00 p.m.

A man guilty of twice peeping at women as they were dressing has been handed a 30 day conditional sentence and two years of probation.

Daniel Robert Ashton, 44, received the sentence Wednesday afternoon after earlier pleading guilty to one count of secretly observing or recording nudity in a private place and being found guilty of the same crime in a second instance.

The court heard that both incidents happened in the summer of 2011. In one case, a woman and her children were in a dressing room at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

The second case, which happened on Sept. 7, 2011, involved a woman in her home.

Aggravating factors in the case, said Judge Anne Wallace, were that children were involved in both incidents and that Ashton had a “lack of insight” into his offending.

The court had heard that a friend’s suicide was apparently the “stressor” that led to Ashton’s peeping activities.

Also of concern, said Wallace, was that Ashton was on bail for the first offence when he was arrested for the second and that a psychiatric report indicated Ashton is a “high risk” to reoffend.

The judge determined that 30 day conditional sentences, to be served concurrently, were appropriate punishments for the two offences.

“That is a jail term served in the community,” she said. “It is more than house arrest.”

Following the completion of the conditional sentences, Ashton is faced with two years of probation.

The sentence, she told Ashton, aims to demonstrate “society’s concern about your behaviour.”

“The important part is that you get some insight into this behaviour so this never happens again,” Wallace added.

She ordered Ashton to take assessments, counselling and programming, including the sex offender treatment program, and participate in a victim-offender reconciliation, if his victims wish.

If not, he is to write letters of apology.

While serving his conditional sentence, Ashton may not have alcohol or non-prescription drugs and may only leave the house to go to and from work or school or in the event of a medical emergency.

By Cheryl Wierda, Capital News contributor

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