Sentencing Of Six Bridgewater Teens In Intimate Images Case Delayed

Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 11:32 AM

Sentencing of six Bridgewater youth who pleaded guilty to distributing intimate images of girls between the ages of 13-17 without consent has been put off until September.

The crown was ready to proceed today, but defence attorneys needed more time to go over the pre-sentencing reports and results of the restorative programming undergone by the defendants.

Lead prosecutor Peter Dostal emphasizes that sentencing in youth cases is much different than in adult court.

"This isn't a prosecution of, just people sexting. This is a prosecution of people misusing these materials. Disseminating them, potentially putting them out into the whole world and that is the real evil that the criminal law has been attempting to stop," said Dostal. "What we're waying in on is when young women, particularly young women, are put at risk by losing control of intimate images, potentially forever."

The six Bridgewater youth will learn their sentences when they return to court on September 6.