Bishop’s child porn sentencing delayed

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Bishop Raymond Lahey arrives to the Ottawa Court House in Ottawa today. — Photo by The Canadian Press

A sentencing hearing for a Catholic bishop who possessed child pornography has been delayed until August.

Raymond Lahey was scheduled to be in court today for a daylong hearing for submissions on the length of his sentence.

On Tuesday, the hearing was pushed back to Aug. 4 and 5 because the Crown had yet to receive Lahey’s clinical file from Dr. John Bradford, the psychiatrist who examined Lahey at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

Prosecutors want time to examine the clinical records to properly cross-examine Bradford about his findings in a sexual behaviours assessment.

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.

The 71-year-old was bishop of Antigonish, N.S. when he was caught with child pornography on his laptop computer when passing through Ottawa’s airport in summer 2009 after a trip abroad.

Before moving to Nova Scotia, Lahey was the bishop of St. George's in western Newfoundland, and before that the vicar general of St. John’s.

Lahey is also fighting claims of sexual assault made in a civil lawsuit filed by Todd Boland in Newfoundland.

The former Mount Cashel resident has accused Lahey in court documents of simulated anal intercourse, sexual rubbing and fondling in the 1980s.

None of the allegations has been proven in court, and no related criminal charges have been filed.

Lahey has denied the claims

The Ottawa Citizen

— with files from The Telegram

Organizations: Ottawa Citizen

Geographic location: Ottawa, Antigonish, Nova Scotia St. George's Newfoundland Mount Cashel

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Recent comments

  • kenneth gaydamack
    June 30, 2011 - 10:37

    I hope time being served before sentencing does not count double. If so and should he receive minimum sentence of one year he will be out in time for Xmas and guess what Santa will bring guessed it...a new laptop!

  • winnie dawe chubbs
    June 26, 2011 - 17:44

    When you cant trust the clergy ( and not just catholic clergy are involved ) who can you trust and look to for guidence ?

  • john jack
    June 24, 2011 - 16:36

    let him rot for life in jail general poulation!!!!

  • Bob
    June 24, 2011 - 15:43

    This sicko will get away with time served.

  • Brendan White
    June 24, 2011 - 13:35

    For the love of God, stop referring to the sexual pervert as BISHOP. He's pleaded guilty and been found guilty by the courts; how long does it take the Church to defrock him? Should have been done the same day as the guilty plea. Only one year minimum mandatory sentence??????? You gotta be kidding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!