A conviction for sexual assault by inappropriate touching of a young child by a man who had been babysitting her has resulted in an 18-month conditional sentence.

The decision for Scott Evan Higgins, 26, of 20 Maple Dr. in Dartmouth, was handed down yesterday at Truro provincial court and it includes 24-hour house arrest for the first nine months.

For the subsequent months, Higgins must adhere to a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, except for medical emergencies or employment purposes.

After that point, he will be placed on probation for a further two years.

Higgins recently pleaded guilty to the charge of sexual assault following a preliminary hearing that took place in advance of an intended trial.

Crown prosecutor Richard Hartlan said Higgins acknowledged that he sexually touched the child on three occasions between February 2003 and November 2005.

The child, whose identity is protected from publication, was between four and six years of age when the incidents occurred while Higgins was babysitting the girl.