10/10/2013 05:02 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Donnie Snook sentenced to 18 years for sex crimes

Former Saint John councillor and youth ministry leader Donnie Snook was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to 46 sex crimes involving 17 boys as young as five years of age.

Crown prosecutor Karen Lee Lamrock asked the court to consider a sentence of 21 years in prison, with no eligibility for parole until Snook serves at least half of his sentence or 10 years, whichever is less.

Defence lawyer Dennis Boyle suggested a 12-year sentence and requested that Snook be given one-and-a-half credit for the nearly nine months he has already spent in custody.

Snook, 41, pleaded guilty in May to the charges, which include sexual assault, sexually touching a minor while in a position of trust, making child pornography and extortion.

The offences date back to 2001 and involve 17 boys as young as five years old.

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