53-year-old man admits to fondling underage girl
Three years ago, Ian Ellsworth Royer indecently assaulted 11-year-old girl.
Today, the 53-year-old confessed before a High Court judge to indecently assaulting the minor.
The convicted man, of 1st Avenue Kellman Land, Black Rock, St Michael will remain on bail until he returns to court on April 20.
Crown Counsel Oliver Thomas told Justice Michelle Weekes at the No. 2 Supreme Court that on July 13, 2012, the girl was at home waiting for a new refrigerator to be delivered.
Her mother, who knew Royer as a generally helpful person whom she trusted, asked the girl to call him so he could help her take food out of the old appliance and place the new refrigerator inside the house.
The girl telephoned him when the delivery truck was due to arrive. While there, her mother spoke to him on the telephone, reminding him of the arrangement.
When Royer arrived, the two unpacked the old refrigerator before the child went into the living room to sit and wait for the delivery men. While there, Royer went over to the girl, pulled her blouse down and touched her inappropriately.
She tried pushing him off but he was too strong, the prosecutor said, as he read from the statement which the girl gave to the police.
When the delivery men showed up, Royer stopped what he was doing. The girl was afraid and said nothing to the men. As soon as they left, Royer pulled her into a nearby bedroom.
Placing his hand over her mouth, he told her not to scream and began fondling her, telling her that he liked her from the time “she was small” and that she was “not too small to like him.”
The prosecutor said the girl feared that he would kill her if she screamed so she did not.
Royer’s cellular phone began ringing soon after and he stopped to read a message. He then got up and told the girl he would be back.
As soon as he left the house, the child called a friend of her mother’s and asked her to come over immediately. She arrived and finding the girl frantic and in tears, she took her to her home.
When the girl’s mother came home, the woman returned the child, who was still in tears.
In the statement which Royer gave to investigators, he admitted to the inappropriate behaviour.
It was after his phone rang that he left “to go and pick up my little girl from camp,” the statement read.
Royer is not known to the court.
His attorney Silbert Cadogan asked for a presentencing report, which he felt would assist the court in sentencing and with mitigating. The lawyer also asked that his client be allowed to continue on bail.
The Crown did not object based solely on Royer’s physical condition. He walks with a cane.