Snook faces 8 charges of child exploitation

RCMP officers seized a laptop, among other items, from Coun. Donnie Snook's Martha Avenue home on Jan. 9. RCMP officers seized a laptop, among other items, from Coun. Donnie Snook’s Martha Avenue home on Jan. 9. (John Van Dusen/CBC)

Saint John Coun. Donnie Snook is scheduled to be back in court on Monday afternoon for a bail hearing in connection with eight child exploitation charges.

Snook, 40, has been in jail since he was arrested at his home by the RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit last Wednesday.

Snook, who is a second-term Saint John councillor, was charged on Thursday with three counts of touching a child for a sexual purpose, one count of making child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography, and two counts of possession.

Six of the alleged offences carry a minimum sentence of one year in prison.

The investigation continues and more charges are possible, RCMP Cpl. Chantal Farrah said last week.

Dennis Boyle, Snook’s lawyer, said his client will not enter pleas on Monday.

Boyle said he will be arguing to have Snook released from jail at the bail hearing.

Snook has been suspended from his position as the director of the Saint John Inner City Youth Ministry.

The investigation, which began in Toronto in 2011, has involved New Brunswick RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit, District 3 RCMP, New Brunswick RCMP Tech Crime Unit, the Saint John Police Force and the Toronto Police Service

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