Ronald George Dawe

A central Newfoundland resident was put under house arrest Thursday, after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two teenaged girls in the 1970s.

Ronald George Dawe, 62, was sentenced at provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor to 12 months of house arrest.

Judge Randy Whiffen said Dawe has shown no remorse for his actions, and appeared to have a lack of insight and empathy for them.

The victims were two sisters who babysat Dawe's children between 1976 and 1979.

Dawe was a teacher at the time, as well as a lay minister in a Pentecostal church in a small central Newfoundland community. The town cannot be named because of a publication ban.

Court was told that the sisters, who cannot be named because of a publication ban, attended the same church as Dawe, and were students at the school where he taught.

In court, Dawe, who now lives in South Brook, admitted to touching the girls' vaginas and breasts, both inside and outside their clothing.

The sisters both live outside Newfoundland and Labrador. Their younger sister attended the sentencing hearing on Thursday, and said she found the sentence fair.

She said her sisters are both receiving counselling.