An Australian charged with sexually assaulting children while living in Whistler has been sentenced to time-served and ordered deported back to his home country.
The man, who is in his 20s, has been in custody for seven and a half months, since his arrest in April this year.
Commonly time spent in custody before trial is counted as double, in this case equating to a sentence of 15 months.
He is currently being detained by immigration and its likely he will be deported before the end of the week.
North Vancouver Provincial Court Judge Douglas Moss also put the offender on probation for two years and ordered him to stay away from Whistler. He is not allowed to be in the company of children under 16 years of age unless he is with an adult, and he is not to work with children.
The offender cannot be named in order to protect the identities of the complainants, all of whom are pre-teen Whistler children.
The offender was charged with 10 counts, including sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault. He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault; the remaining eight counts were stayed.
Police investigations were not affiliated with any agency in Whistler, including the ski schools that look after children.
This is not the first time the offender has run afoul of the law for similar behaviour. But it is the first time he has received a criminal record.
He already has the Australian equivalent of restraining orders against him stemming from incidents involving two boys who attended an exclusive school in Sydney. The offender was a non-teaching member of the staff there.
The Sydney Apprehended Violence Orders carry no admission of guilt but are permanent.
Since an AVO does not result in a criminal record the offender was able to get a visa to come and work in Canada.