Former Saint John, N.B. Coun. Donnie Snook is escorted to provincial court in New Brunswick by RCMP officers in this file photo. â€” Photo by Cindy Wilson/Telegraph-Journal
CORNER â€ˆBROOK - A former city councillor in New Brunswick is facing sexual assault charges in this province, stemming from his time living in Mount Moriah.
In addition to the 46 charges Donnie Snook pleaded guilty to in New Brunswick this week, the 41-year-old is scheduled to appear in Corner Brook Provincial Court on June 11 in connection with alleged sexual offences that occurred while he lived in this area.
Snook spent one year as an officer of the former Salvation Army Citadel in Mount Moriah while he was in his early 20s. In that role, he was commissioned to be the churchâ€™s senior pastor.
According to information sworn before the court on May 24, Snook is facing two charges each of sexual assault and sexual interference.
The information alleges that between Dec. 1, 1995 and April 1, 1996 Snook committed an offence of sexual interference and one of sexual assault against a boy in Mount Moriah. The information further alleges that Snook committed the same two offences between July 1, 1996 and Aug. 31, 1996 at or near Barachois Pond Park on the Trans-Canada Highway against the same boy. The complainant was under the age of 14 at the time of the alleged assaults.
The information shows that Snook has been summoned to appear on the charges, which were laid by the Corner Brook Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Snook, meanwhile, entered guilty pleas to the charges against him in New Brunswick in that province on Wednesday and is to be sentenced in Saint John on June 25. The charges include sexual assault and possessing, distributing and making child pornography.
The police investigation of Snook began in 2011 and involved police in Saint John and Toronto. The New Brunswick RCMP said the crimes began in 2001 and continued until his arrest in January. His 17 victims were all boys and were between the ages of five and 15 at the time of the offences.
A well-known public figure in Saint John, Snook was elected to Saint John City Council in 2008 and resigned after his arrest.
He was involved in community organizations including the Inner City Youth Ministry, which provides sports programs, mentoring and lunches at three local schools. He was executive director of the youth ministry for 14 years.
â€” With files from The Canadian Press