Yukon judge rules mandatory jail sentences for sexual interference, exploitation unconstitutional

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A Yukon Supreme Court judge has struck down the mandatory minimum sentences of 90 days in jail for people convicted of sexual exploitation and sexual interference. 

In two recently-published decisions, Justice Karen Wenckebach wrote that while sexual offences involving children should generally result in the offender being imprisoned, there could be cases where jail time wouldn’t be appropriate.

The finding stems from appeals of two cases that began in territorial court.

In one case, a man was convicted of sexual exploitation after trial; in the other, a man pleaded guilty to sexual interference. 

Neither of the men’s names have been made public in order to protect the identities of the victims.

During their sentencing

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