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Man pleads guilty to sexual assault

Masha Scheele
Local Journalism Initiative

An 89-year-old Hinton resident received a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to three charges, including sexual assault, in provincial criminal court on Jan. 29.

Fred Kappers received three years in prison for a sexual assault that took place in the late 1980s, one year for an indecent assault that took place in the early 1980s, and another year for a sexual assault that took place in February 2019.

Three other charges were withdrawn due to his guilty plea for the sexual assault in 2019.

Withdrawn charges included a sexual assault charge from January 2019 involving the same individual as the February 2019 charge, and failing to comply with certain conditions.

His sentence included a primary DNA order, which records the offender’s DNA to a national database; a weapons prohibition for 10 years to life, meaning he won’t be allowed to have certain weapons; and his name will also be placed on the Sex Offender Information Registration Act for life.

Kappers was first charged with two assaults from the 1980s in 2016.

A trial date in the Court of Queen’s Bench was set for November 2017, at which time it was moved to provincial court. 

During this time Kappers was granted an undertaking by the court, releasing him under certain conditions, including keeping the peace and being of good behaviour.

While still waiting for his provincial court trial, Hinton RCMP received a complaint alleging a sexual assault on an adult male victim on Feb. 11, 2019. 

An investigation was conducted and as a result Kappers was charged with two counts of failing to comply with conditions of recognizance and two counts of sexual assault.

Hinton RCMP then received information regarding a suspect viewing child pornography, and a separate investigation began on Feb. 16, 2019. A search warrant was executed at his residence where a computer, router, DVDs, and CDs were seized and he was charged with accessing child pornography. 

Shortly after, Kappers was brought before a Justice of the Peace where he was released on bail with conditions to not have access to a computer with internet and not to be in the presence of persons under the age of 18. 

He appeared in court on Jan. 29, 2020 for his sentencing, where several victim statements were read. Both charges from 2016 and charges from 2019 were dealt with when he plead guilty.

Some details from both cases were subject to a publication ban to protect the identity of victims.