Sen­tenc­ing de­layed for N.S. teens who shared in­ti­mate pho­tos

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing has been post­poned for six Nova Sco­tia teens who shared in­ti­mate images of at least 20 teenaged girls with­out their con­sent.

The boys have ad­mit­ted to form­ing a pri­vate Face­book group where they de­cided to ex­change pho­tos of girls rang­ing in age from 13 to 17.

The case was ad­journed to­day un­til Sept. 6 af­ter de­fence lawyers asked for a post­pone­ment in pro­vin­cial court in Bridge­wa­ter.

Crown at­tor­ney Peter Dostal said out­side court that a brief he sub­mit­ted about 10 days ago out­lined the harm done when “young women are put at risk by los­ing con­trol of in­ti­mate images, po­ten­tially for­ever.”

All of the coun­sel and ac­cused were present in court. None of the teens can be iden­ti­fied un­der Canada’s youth crim­i­nal jus­tice laws.

One of the ac­cused also did not com­ply with the re­quire­ments of the pre­sen­tence re­port.

“It is with some re­luc­tance that I will ad­journ the mat­ter,” Judge Paul Scovil told the lawyers.

It’s one of the largest cases in Canada in­volv­ing a rel­a­tively untested law de­signed to com­bat the non-con­sen­sual shar­ing of in­ti­mate images.

The 2015 law was brought in af­ter the sui­cide of Nova Sco­tia teen Re­htaeh Par­sons, whose fam­ily says a photo of her be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted was cir­cu­lated among stu­dents at her school in Cole Har­bour.

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