Former New Brunswick city councillor waives right to bail hearing

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Accused had served with Salvation Army in Newfoundland

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., who is facing child pornography and sexual touching charges has waived his right to a bail hearing.

Councillor Donnie Snook is led down Chipman Hill by RCMP officers to Provincial court where he was charged with eight sex offences.

Donnie Snook is facing eight charges including sexual interference with a child under 16, possession of child pornography and making child pornography.

He appeared in a Saint John court this morning and is expected to return to court for election and pleas on March 11.

Snook is a former Salvation Army officer who served in Newfoundland.

Snook was arrested at his home on Jan. 9 and resigned from his council seat last week.

Police say investigators are trying to identify alleged victims in computer images that were seized after carrying out a search at Snook’s home in the city’s east end.

Snook was elected in 2008 and has been involved in community organizations including the Inner City Youth Ministry, which provides sports programs, mentoring and lunches at three local schools.

Organizations: Salvation Army, Inner City Youth Ministry

Geographic location: Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Saint John

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