More jail time for sex assault on babysitter

Maple Ridge man gets another year and a half, on top of 11 months already served

A Maple Ridge man who sexually assaulted a young girl who babysat for his family will spend an additional 18 months in jail.

Russell John Hobson was sentenced Wednesday to serve the term in a provincial prison, receiving a two-for-one credit for the 11 months he’s already spent in custody.

Hobson, 46, has been in custody since he was arrested in May following an investigation by Ridge Meadows RCMP that lasted more than a year.

He entered a guilty plea to one count of sexual exploitation on the first day of his trial in October.

Charges of sexual interference, sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon have since been stayed.

Hobson is accused of assaulting the girl over a period of four years.

Hobson’s sexual relationship began in 2001, when the girl was 14. He was 33 then.

The relationship continued until she turned 18.

Hobson is already a registered sex offender because he was convicted of another sexual assault last April on Vancouver Island.

He will now be registered as a sex offender for life.

In addition to the prison term, Hobson also received a three-year probation order.