© Diane Crocker
Donnie Snook is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook on Tuesday.
CORNER BROOK The sex-related charges against Donald Lavern Snook involving a victim in Newfoundland and Labrador have been transferred from the provincial court in Corner Brook and will now be dealt with by the courts in New Brunswick.
Snook, who was given 18 years in prison for 46 sex and porn charges in New Brunswick earlier this month, had four charges filed against him based on alleged offences dating back to 1995 and 1996 while he was stationed with the Salvation Army in Mount Moriah.
Those outstanding charges had been scheduled to be called in provincial court in Corner Brook this week, but were no longer on the docket. According to court registry staff, the four charges were removed from the Corner Brook jurisdiction Oct. 21.
Court staff in Saint John, N.B., where Snook was sentenced three weeks ago, said Tuesday that court had not yet received the information on the charges and no court date had been set.
Transferring charges from one jurisdiction to another comes with a condition the accused plead guilty to the offences.
The transferred charges include two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference, all against the same male victim. One count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference are alleged to have occurred in Mount Moriah and the others at or near Barachois Pond Provincial Park.
A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., Snook was arrested at his home on Jan. 9 on eight of the 46 charges based in New Brunswick, including making and distributing child pornography. The former foster parent resigned from his political post while in jail and was later fired by the Inner City Youth Ministry.
In May, the Crown in New Brunswick brought forward a slew of new charges, involving 17 male children. Snook admitted his guilt on all counts.