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Lahey Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

Today former Antigonish Diocese Bishop Raymond Lahey pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

He pleaded not guilty to possession for the purposes of distribution.

It seems likely that Lahey’s lawyers have worked out a deal with the Crown regarding sentencing.

Update: Lahey asked to start serving his sentence immediately – even before the court has decided how long he will have to serve.

Smart move. His lawyers can now argue that it is an indication of the remorse he feels about he has done. They will also be able to argue that Lahey should get credit for double time while he is incarcerated waiting for sentencing.

Updates

Bishop: Lahey belongs in prison: Antigonish Bishop Dunn’s response to Lahey’s guilty plea.

N.S. bishop apologizes for Lahey affair anguish: Coverage of Bishop Dunn’s apology
Former bishop pleads guilty to child porn charge: Includes video links to my interview with Todd Battis at CTV news