July 18, 2011

OTTAWA - Bishop Raymond Lahey will have to wait several more months in jail before his sentencing on charges of importing of child pornography.

Already postponed from June to early August, the end of the sentencing hearing has been delayed until December because the forensic psychiatrist who examined Lahey is not available on the Aug. 4 and 5 dates that were set aside.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the Crown wants to cross-examine Dr. John Bradford on his sexual behaviours assessment of the former Antigonish bishop, but he was unavailable for the August date.

An extra day has been added in December to accommodate his testimony.

An Ottawa police detective will testify at the sentencing hearing on Aug. 4, but the second day has been cancelled and the Bradford portion of the hearing moved to Dec. 19 and 20.

Lahey chose to go directly to jail after he pleaded guilty to one charge of importing child pornography. The bishop, who still faces possible canonical penalties by the Holy See, faces a minimum mandatory one year sentence and a maximum of 10 years.

Lahey resigned from Antigonish shortly after illegal images were found on his laptop in 2009 at the Ottawa airport.