LOWELL -- Describing Iain Springer's admitted sexual behavior as "opportunistic and predatory,'' a district court judge sentenced the 49-year-old Chelmsford man to six months in jail after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young girl, a friend of the family, over a period of years.
In Lowell District Court Wednesday, Iain Springer, of 12 Balsam Drive, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14. Judge Ellen Caulo followed prosecutor Joseph Posner's recommendation by sentencing Springer, who has no prior record, to 2 1/2 years in jail with six months to serve and the balance of the sentence suspended for two years while he is on probation.
While details of the case are impounded by the court, prosecutors say the allegations involve improper touching on various dates between Sept. 8, 2009 and November 2012.
The girl's father, whose name is not disclosed to protect the victim's identity, told the judge that even after he and his wife noticed some suspicious behavior by Springer toward their daughter, and Springer apologized and promised it would never happen again, he did it again.
"He just became more creative with his advances,'' the father said of Springer.
The father told the judge he is proud of his daughter for being so strong, but the damage to her and his family is "unforgivable''
Springer, through his attorney, apologized for the hurt he has caused to the victim, her family and his family, his wife and children, who have since moved to Missouri. In the wake of the accusations, Springer, who was active in his church and the community, has been involved in group and individual counseling.
Before he was led away in handcuffs, Springer's attorney asked if his client could have his sentence stayed for a week to get his affairs in order. Caulo denied the request saying, "He knew this day was coming.''
While on probation, Springer must: stay away and have no contact with the victim or her family; have no unsupervised contact with any child under 16 except family members; wear a GPS device with exclusion zones and a curfew; and surrender any passports.
Springer must also undergo a sex offender evaluation and begin a life-long requirement to register as a sex offender.
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