A former Alberta conservative politician has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual interference involving a minor.
Don MacIntyre, who is 63, resigned in February of last year after he was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.
He had represented the central Alberta seat of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake for the United Conservative Party.
MacIntyre was first elected in 2015 for the Wildrose Party, which merged with the Progressive Conservatives in 2017 to form the UCP.
He was the party's critic for electricity and renewables.
The CBC reported from the agreed statement of facts that McIntyre sexually touched his victim, who cannot be identified, five to 10 times over a one-year period beginning in 2010.
“He told her that God said that God was okay with the touching,” it said. He told the child he had prayed to God about it.
In 2015, the girl told her mother about the abuse and when confronted, MacIntyre immediately confessed but said the sexual abuse was “part of Satan’s plan to destroy child’s faith.”
A publication ban was initially placed on MacIntyre's name, but was lifted following a challenge by several media outlets.
With files from Canadian Press