Long-term offender hearing set

The Crown has applied to have a Halifax man declared a long-term offender.

Scott Brandon Yantha, 35, is awaiting sentencing for criminally harassing his probation officer.

Yantha appeared in Halifax provincial court this week to have dates set for the long-term offender hearing.

Judge Michael Sherar scheduled the hearing for three days — March 15, 16 and 21.

If Yantha is declared a long-term offender, he will be closely supervised in the community for up to 10 years after he gets out of prison.

Yantha has been in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth since March, when he was charged with repeatedly text messaging and phoning Halifax probation officer Tammy Robertson, causing her to fear for her safety.

Halifax Regional Police also charged him with intimidating a participant in the justice system and breaching a 2008 probation order.

Yantha pleaded guilty in May to the harassment and breach charges.

In July, the judge ordered Yantha to undergo a long-term offender assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth.

Yantha has a criminal record for deviant sexual behaviour in other provinces, the judge was told.

In January 2008, he was sentenced to a year in jail and two years’ probation for sexually assaulting a disabled woman he had been staying with in the Toronto area.

He has another conviction for sexual assault for grabbing a female clerk’s breast at the Eaton Centre in Toronto in 1999 and at least two other convictions for committing an indecent act by masturbating in public.

He has been prescribed medication for schizophrenia and to suppress his sex drive but doesn’t always take his pills, court was told.

 

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