Canada
Senior pleads guilty to stalking men

HEATHER RIVERS | QMI AGENCY

WOODSTOCK, ON -- The Oxford Crown attorney's office dropped several charges against a 72-year-old Woodstock man accused of stalking two local men.

Instead, Gary Oxley, who had been scheduled for a three-day trial starting Monday, pleaded guilty to two counts of "beset or watching" in relation to two separate individuals who he admitted to following and harassing over a period of time.

The charges withdrawn by the Crown as part of the plea bargain included sexual assault, intimidation by following, committing an indecent act and criminal harassment.

Justice Donald Ebbs heard Monday that Oxley began to follow the first man in Southside Park, where the victim was involved in several baseball leagues.

In the park's washroom, Oxley offered to touch the man and sexually exposed himself through a door.

He would visit the man's workplace attempting to speak to him, expose himself and touch him inappropriately.

In July 2011, Oxley, driving a red pickup truck followed the man home, exposed himself and then asked him to get in the truck.

A second man, who also worked in a retail outlet, was harassed several times by Oxley, who touched him inappropriately and invaded his "personal space" at his place of work on Dundas Street.

After both men complained to police, Oxley was charged.
Oxley is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday morning.

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