Suspended sentence for Hall’s Harbour man who sexually assaulted paramedic

Published on March 18, 2016

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KENTVILLE - A Hall’s Harbour man has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for assaulting and sexually assaulting a paramedic.

Thomas Archibald Foley, 66, was present in Kentville provincial court March 15. He had pleaded guilty in December to the two charges and the matters were adjourned to allow time for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and for sentencing.

Judge Alan Tufts handed Foley a suspended sentence with one year of reporting probation on the two counts. Foley was fined a total of $200 in victim surcharges and the court imposed a 10-year Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) order against him.

A charge of committing an indecent act in a public place in the presence of one or more persons was withdrawn.

Foley’s conditions include actively participating in and completing any assessment, counselling or programming with regard to any issues of a personal nature that may be recommended by his probation officer.

Foley is to take an assessment for the Provincial Sexual Offender Assessment and Treatment Program and will be treated if it’s deemed necessary.

Foley committed the offences in Hall’s Harbour Aug. 28, 2015. A publication ban protects the identity of the victim.

EHS paramedics were responding to a call at Foley’s home when a female paramedic was assaulted. In an earlier interview, Nova Scotia RCMP spokesman Const. Mark Skinner told Metro the assault happened both in the man’s home and in the back of the ambulance.