Wednesday, June 30, 1999

Canadian Press

p. A41.

Ex-MLA not jailed for buying sex from girl


REGINA -- A former member of the Saskatchewan legislature was handed a four-month conditional sentence yesterday for buying sex from a teen.

Jack Goohsen, 56, will serve his sentence in the community and must report to a probation officer.

He was convicted in April of buying sex from a 14-year-old girl in 1997.

Out of respect for the office, the ex-Tory resigned as an Independent MLA the week he was convicted.

The Crown had described Goohsen's actions as "reprehensible" and said it would be seeking jail time. Goohsen maintained his innocence, but the father of six has not said if he'll appeal.

His trial heard two very different accounts of what happened the night police found him and the girl in the parking lot of an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Regina. The girl testified she was about to perform a sex act when the cruiser approached.

— CP

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