OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's Supreme Court has upheld the sexual assault conviction of a man who tricked his girlfriend into becoming pregnant by poking holes her condoms.
The case has raised questions about whether contraception deception amounts to sexual assault.
Craig Jaret Hutchinson was sentenced to 18 month in jail in December 2011 after he pierced his girlfriend's condoms with a pin in 2006 so she would get pregnant and not break up with him.
The Halifax-area woman became pregnant and had an abortion, but later suffered an infection of her uterus that required treatment with antibiotics.
In January 2013, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court rejected his appeal that the sentence was harsh and excessive and that the woman voluntarily consented to having sex with him.