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Bishop Raymond Lahey pleads guilty to importing child porn

Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey, of Nova Scotia , asked to be sent directly to jail after he pleaded guilty to "importing" child pornography Wednesday. Lahey was caught at the Ottawa airport, in September 2009, with photo of a boy involved in sexual acts.

Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey, of Nova Scotia, is
going directly to jail after he pleaded guilty to "importing" child
pornography Wednesday.

Lahey, 70, the former head of the diocese in Antigonish, N.S., was caught at the Ottawa airport in September 2009
with photos of boys involved in sexual acts.


"Guilty, your honour," Lahey said, in response to
the charge that he "did, without lawful excuse, possess for the purposes
of importation child pornography in the form of graphic computer images."


Those images included sex acts performed on and by pubescent
boys, Crown prosecutor David Elhadad
read in an agreed statement of facts.


His lawyer, Michael Edelson, told the court Lahey wanted to
give up his right to bail and be incarcerated.


"My client feels, deeply and profoundly, remorse and
guilt about what he has done and the offence to which he has pleaded,"
said Edelson. "To signal to the court the sincerity and genuineness of his
remorse, he wants to be in jail as of today's date."


Lahey came under suspicion after he hesitated and appeared
nervous when questioned by a border agent at the airport as he was returning
from London, England. His passport also indicated that he had been to Thailand
and Indonesia. A border agent then found a few images she deemed to be child
pornography on his computer as well as sex toys in his bag, according to the
statement of facts.


Further investigation found 588 images deemed child
pornography on electronic devices he owns, as well as stories that depict
forced sex acts, torture and degradation of young boys, the crown read to the
court from the statement.


The Crown asked the judge for a pre-sentencing report, which
the defense opposed.


Justice Jack Kirkland declined the request for a
pre-sentencing report, citing a report from Dr. John Bradford, professor and head
of the division of forensic psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.


Bradford examined Lahey and will testify on a date that has not
yet been set. The case will be spoken to May 26 to set a date for Bradford to testify.

 
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