Sentencing hearing for porn bishop Raymond Lahey resumes on June 24

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Canadian Press

26 May 2011

(The Canadian Press)

OTTAWA — The sentencing hearing for a Roman Catholic bishop who pleaded guilty to importing child pornography will resume June 24.

Raymond Lahey offered the plea this month, then waived bail and went to jail immediately — even before a sentence was imposed.

The former head of the diocese in Antigonish, N.S., remains in custody.

A second charge of simple possession remains against the 70-year-old cleric, but it is expected to be formally withdrawn as part of the plea deal when he is formally sentenced.

Lahey’s lawyer said his client wanted to begin serving time at once, in order to get credit after sentencing.

Court heard that Lahey had 588 images of child pornography involving boys on his laptop and a handheld device when he was stopped at Ottawa airport in September 2009.

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Date for sentencing arguments set for bishop caught with child pornography

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Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives at the Ottawa courthouse May 4, 2011, for the start of his trial on child-porn charges. He pleaded guilty to importing child pornography.

Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives at the Ottawa courthouse May 4, 2011, for the start of his trial on child-porn charges. He pleaded guilty to importing child pornography. Photograph by: Chris Mikula, The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Disgraced Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey is to have a sentencing hearing for his child-pornography conviction on June 24.

The date — for submissions on how long a sentence he should serve, not likely for a sentence to be imposed — was set by Crown and defence lawyers and a judge in Ottawa court Thursday morning. Lahey, then the bishop of Antigonish in Nova Scotia, was caught with child pornography on his laptop computer when he was passing through the Ottawa airport in summer 2009 after a trip abroad.

He pleaded guilty on May 4 to possessing child pornography for the purpose of importation and voluntarily went to jail then, since the crime carries a mandatory jail sentence and he chose to start serving that time immediately. He retains his rank in the Catholic Church until a canonical disciplinary process concludes.

Lahey had been a central figure in settling a lawsuit against his diocese over the sexual abuse of children by priests in Nova Scotia. The diocese agreed to pay $15 million.

The material he was caught with in Ottawa, about five weeks later, included photographs and stories featuring the humiliation and degradation of young boys.

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