KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha 411 has learned that a man convicted of multiple sexual offences against a young boy has been living in Kawartha Lakes .
In December 2018, 63 year old Jeffrey Cairns was found guilty of three sex-related offences dating back to 2010. The victim was 14 years old at the time. According to the Niagara Falls Review the victim testified that the defendant, whom he had considered to be like a second father, started groping and fondling him. He said the incidents escalated to include masturbation and oral sex according to the Review.
Despite being found guilty over six months ago, Cairns remains out on bail pending sentencing. As part of his bail conditions he was to reside at his cottage near Coboconk or at an address in St. Catharines. An area resident contacted Kawartha 411 saying, “He freely moves around the many neighbouring towns and cities – Coboconk, Fenelon Falls and Lindsay – enjoying their restaurants and services. He also is frequently at Sir Sams on winter weekends.”
Cairns bail conditions also included that he “not be in the company of or communicate directly or indirectly by any physical, electronic or other means with any males or females under the age of 16 except if he or the minor is in the presence of another person who is over the age of 25”. He was also ordered not to attend a public park or public swimming area where persons under the age of 16 are present or can reasonably expected to be present except if he or the minor is in the presence of another person over the age of 25.
Cairns is the former president of Charlesway Corp. Ltd., a Niagara-based company. The Niagara Falls Review reports he was also a member of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment and was involved with the Boy Scouts.
He sat on the board of trustees at Brock University. The school named the Health and Bioscience Research Complex after the Cairns family when his father donated $8 million dollars to the University.
Cairns is facing additional charges relating to other alleged victims.
We reached out the Kawartha Lakes OPP to find out the protocols on notifying the public when a convicted child sex offender is living in the area. We are waiting for their response. We have also contacted the Crown Attorney to find out why this person was allowed to remain out “on bail” after being convicted. We have not heard back.
Cairns is set to be sentenced on June 25th. The crown is asking for 4 to 6 years. Defence is seeking 2 years.