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Kyle Hunt of Meadows to be sentenced today for extorting nude photos of woman

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Kyle Stephen Hunt, who is going to trial on sex charges next month, will find out this morning out how long he’ll spend in prison for trying to use nude photos of a young woman to coerce her.

The 22 year old from Meadows on the north shore of the Bay of Islands had previously entered a not guilty plea to extortion, along with charges of sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement involving the victim.

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However, in the midst of a trial on the four charges in November, he changed his plea to guilty to extortion. That offence took place in early 2017.

When the matter was called in provincial court in Corner Brook Thursday morning, the remaining three charges were withdrawn.

Crown attorney Trina Simms asked Judge Wayne Gorman to sentence Hunt to six months in prison for the extortion charge. Defence counsel Peter Chaffey requested a four-month sentence.

Gorman told both lawyers he wanted some time to consider an appropriate sentence and will deliver his decision this morning.

Hunt, who is currently in custody for breaking court orders, is set to go to trial on 15 more charges Jan. 18-19. Those offences include three counts of sexual assault against another young woman other than the one involved in the extortion offence.

He will also be tried on one count of uttering a death threat against a third woman via Facebook, along with a series of court order breaches stemming from being prohibited from using a computer device and from having contact with any victims or witnesses involved in the matters.

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