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A Winnipeg man convicted of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter and spying on her as she undressed has been sentenced to two years time served.
The 50-year-old man received 1 1/2 days' credit for each day served for a paper sentence of three years.
Justice Ken Hanssen said the man abused his position of trust and committed "a serious invasion" of the girl's privacy.
"The objective, obviously, was your own personal sexual gratification," Hanssen said.
Police arrested the man in early 2010 after his then 15-year-old stepdaughter reported he had hidden a webcam in her bedroom.
Police seized the man's computer, computer discs and video cassettes and found pictures of the girl dressing and undressing.
The girl said she awoke one night in 2008 to find the man fondling her breasts.
"He said, 'I'm sorry it got out of hand. For a second, I saw your mom,'" the girl told police. "He wanted to push his hand back again, I pushed it away and said no."
The girl testified she didn't report the man to police out of fear she and her mother would be deported to their native El Salvador.
The man testified in his own defence and denied any knowledge of the pornographic material and e-mails or having sexually assaulted the girl.
Hanssen sentenced the man to an additional three years of supervised probation and ordered he have no unsupervised contact with children of 16 or younger.