Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Politician found guilty of child sex abuse says his 18-year prison term ‘unreasonable’

Former Saint John city councillor Donnie Snook has pleaded guilty to nearly
four dozen child pornography and sexual assault charges
FREDERICTON — A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., convicted of sexually abusing and making pornographic images of boys for more than a decade is appealing his 18-year prison term, saying the sentence is excessive.

“The sentence was unreasonable and in excess of the appropriate range in all circumstances,” Donnie Snook says in a notice of appeal filed with the provincial Court of Appeal in Fredericton.

Snook, 41, was sentenced last month after pleading guilty to 46 charges including sexual assault and possessing, distributing and making child pornography over a 12-year period.

He was given credit for time served, reducing his prison sentence to 16 years and 10 months, and he would be eligible to seek parole after serving one-third of that.  (more...)

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