Soccer coach sentenced to 6.5 years for sexual assault

A former soccer coach who pleaded guilty in June to sexually assaulting a girl for six years was sentenced to six and a half years in prison Monday.

The sentencing of Stan Lowther, a father of four and a former soccer coach, was originally set for September but was postponed.

The 39-year-old admitted to abusing a girl for six years, starting when she was 12.

She cannot be identified.

The victim, now 19, said in a victim impact statement read Jan. 16 that Lowther took advantage of her religious upbringing by telling her God wanted her to give him oral sex to prevent the spread of a skin problem.

She told the court there were "hundred of rapes" including being forced to perform oral and anal sex.

The victim said it's not over for her yet.

"I have nightmares about what Stan did to me," read her victim impact statement. "I view beds as a place of extreme pain."

"When I look in a mirror, I see Stan behind me, hurting me."

The Crown was seeking a prison term of between four and eight years.

The charges are not related to Lowther's soccer coaching.

Last December, after he was charged, Lowther resigned from coaching boys' soccer at the Halifax Christian Academy and Halifax County United.

He has one prior conviction for assault causing bodily harm.

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