POLITICS

Former New Brunswick city councillor waives right to bail hearing

01/21/2013 03:00 EST | Updated 03/22/2013 05:12 EDT
SAINT JOHN, N.B. - A former city councillor in Saint John, N.B., who is facing child pornography and sexual touching charges has waived his right to a bail hearing.

Donnie Snook is facing eight charges including sexual interference with a child under 16, possession of child pornography and making child pornography.

He appeared in a Saint John court on Monday and is expected to return to court for election and pleas on March 11.

The Crown and Snook's lawyer declined comment outside court.

Snook was arrested at his home on Jan. 9 and resigned from his council seat last week.

Police say investigators are trying to identify alleged victims in computer images that were seized after carrying out a search at Snook's home in the city's east end.

Snook was elected in 2008 and has been involved in community organizations including the Inner City Youth Ministry, which provides sports programs, mentoring and lunches at three local schools.

On Saturday, the Saint John Police Force said several people have come forward with complaints of sexual abuse since Snook was arrested and they are investigating those allegations.