A Regina youth leader who had been facing several charges had the last of them stayed Thursday.
Nathan Michael Labatt’s preliminary hearing was scheduled to be held in Regina Provincial Court, but Crown prosecutor David Zeggelaar instead stayed both counts — possession and distribution of child pornography. It effectively brings the charges to an end, although they could be reactivated within a year, but that’s rarely done.
Labatt had also been committed to stand trial in Saskatoon after a preliminary hearing in Humboldt Provincial Court in December on a charge of sexual exploitation. The allegation stemmed from a complaint launched by a parent in the Lanigan area in July 2014 in connection with some text messages. However, the Crown similarly entered a stay of proceedings on that charge in April.
One month earlier, following a trial before Yorkton Provincial Court Judge Patrick Koskie, Labatt was acquitted on charges of invitation to sexual touching and possession of child pornography.
Labatt was represented by defence lawyer James Korpan.
In February 2015, RCMP held a news conference in Regina to announce charges against Labatt, then 24, who volunteered with a various youth groups.