Bishop’s sentencing hearing delayed for psychiatrist’s testimony

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 The Ottawa Citizen

July 8, 2011 6:01 PM

By Andrew Seymour

An August sentencing hearing for Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey has been delayed to December.

An August sentencing hearing for Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey has been delayed to December. Photograph by: Mike Carroccetto, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — An August sentencing hearing for a Catholic bishop who possessed child pornography will now continue into December because of problems finding a time for the psychiatrist who examined him to testify.

Raymond Lahey, 71, was supposed to be in court for a two-day hearing for sentencing submissions on Aug. 4 and 5.

The court is still expected to hear evidence from a police detective on the first of those two days, but the second day in August was cancelled Friday because Dr. John Bradford from the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre isn’t available to testify.

Prosecutors want time to cross-examine Bradford about his findings in a sexual behaviours assessment performed on Lahey.

A third day has since been added to the sentencing hearing for prosecutors and Lahey’s lawyer, Michael Edelson, to make arguments on the length of sentence they feel is fit for Lahey’s crimes.

Lahey, who voluntarily went to jail after pleading guilty in May to possessing child pornography for the purpose of importation, faces a one-year mandatory minimum sentence. By December, Lahey will have already served seven months of any sentence he will receive.

Lahey was bishop of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, when he was caught with child pornography on his laptop computer when he was passing through the Ottawa airport in summer 2009 after a trip abroad.

Lahey’s sentencing hearing will continue Dec. 19 and 20.

aseymour@ottawacitizen.com

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