A suspect arrested after a report of a sexual assault in Antigonish has been sentenced to time behind bars.
In an email to students, officials at StFX said a student reported an off-campus sexual assault to them in January.
They said she and a friend were offered a ride by a man and woman, who were not known to them, outside a pub in the town early one January morning.
University officials said the man, who was not a member of the StFX community, then assaulted the student.
They said police arrested him, and charged him with sexual assault, assault and uttering threats.
Robert Layes, 50, who pleaded not guilty to all three charges in March, stood trial in July; a judge delivered a guilty verdict on the sexual assault count, but not guilty of the assault and uttering threats charges in August.
Layes had a sentencing hearing in Antigonish Provincial Court Wednesday afternoon; he was sentenced to five months in jail and 18 months of probation, and also ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.