Efforts underway to unseal documents in Snook case
Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013 1:15PM AST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 6, 2013 7:36PM AST
Efforts are underway to release more information related to the criminal case against a former Saint John councillor.
Applications have been filed with the New Brunswick provincial court to unseal search warrant information in the Donnie Snook case.
Four search warrants were approved by judges in the case, at the request of a member of the police department’s family protection unit.
Police first searched Snook’s Martha Avenue home on Jan. 9.
They seized several items, including computer equipment and child sexual abuse images, during their search. Snook was arrested at the scene.
Police also executed search warrants at his home on Jan. 10, Jan. 15 and Jan. 18.
In the days following his arrest, the search warrant documents were sealed by judges to protect the identity of Snook’s alleged victims.
Snook, now 41, is facing three counts of sexual interference on a child under 16 years of age, two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of making child pornography and two counts of making child pornography available.
A hearing on the application to unseal the search warrants, or at least part of the search warrants, will be held Friday by a provincial court judge.
Meanwhile, police say complaints about Snook continue to pour in - a number of possible victims came forward in the days immediately following Snook’s arrest, although police aren’t saying how many.
Snook remains behind bars after waiving his right to a bail hearing earlier this month.
He is expected to return to court for election and pleas on March 11.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Mike Cameron
Former councillor Donnie Snook is facing three counts of sexual interference on a child under 16 years of age, two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of making child pornography and two counts of making child pornography available.