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Victoria woman found guilty of sexually assaulting boy, 13

A Victoria woman has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy while they were both staying in women’s supportive housing two years ago. A B.C.
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A Victoria woman has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy while they were both staying in women’s supportive housing two years ago.

A Victoria woman has been convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy while they were both staying in women’s supportive housing two years ago.

A B.C. Supreme Court jury also convicted Min Chen of sexually interfering with the teen in November 2015. Chen was 28 at the time.

Sentencing is expected to take place in about eight weeks.

Justice Catherine Murray ordered a pre-sentence report on Chen’s background to assist at sentencing.

During the Crown’s opening, Dan Blumenkrans told the jury the law takes no issue with sex between consenting adults, provided it’s not done publicly, doesn’t occur among family members, or in such a way that harm comes to those involved.

“This case is not a case about sexual relations between consenting adults. It is not an ordinary case and it is not under ordinary circumstances,” Blumenkrans said.

“Our law says a 13-year-old boy cannot consent to sexual relations with a 28-year-old woman, any more than a 13-year-old girl can consent to have sex with a 28-year-old man.”

The teen, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, gave a video statement to police and also testified.

ldickson@timescolonist.com