Surrey judge hits child molester with harder time than what lawyers requested

METRO VANCOUVER — A Surrey provincial court judge has sentenced a child molester to a longer prison sentence than what the lawyers on both sides argued for.

The Crown and defence sought a two-year prison sentence and three years probation for the Utah man, who sexually abused a 12-year-old Surrey girl.

But Judge Robert Hamilton on Tuesday sentenced Kevin Douglas Knowlton, 33, a computer software engineer from Salt Lake City, to three and a half years in jail. With credit for time served, his sentence is actually three years, after which he’ll be immediately deported back to the U.S.

There is a publication ban on naming, or publishing any information that would identify the girl.

Hamilton noted that the victim, once an honour roll student, now cuts herself with shards of glass. “She is in desperate need of counselling,” he said.

The judge found Knowlton to be without remorse and possessed of little insight into

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