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Bowling alley co-owner given 90 days in jail for sex offence

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The co-owner of a Surrey bowling alley will spend 90 days in jail for inappropriately touching a 15-year-old girl.

Thomas Charles Cooper, 43, pleaded guilty to sexual interference of a person under 16 last April after an incident at his business, Dell Lanes and Sports Lounge, the year prior.

The court heard that Cooper was massaging a 15-year-old when his hand touched her breast. He asked her if that was okay and, out of fear she said "yes."

The incident stopped when someone walked into the room.

When weighing her decision, Judge Andrea Brownstone said aggravating factors in the incident included the victim's age, while mitigating factors included Cooper's guilty plea, his lack of a prior record, the support of his family and that it was out of character for Cooper.

She sentenced him to 90 days in jail, to be served on weekends.

She also imposed a two-year probation period where he will be unable to be in the presence of girls under 18 years old, or under 16 at Dell Lanes and Sports Lounge.

 

 

 

 

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