Strimbold sentencing hearing to be postponed

A sentencing hearing for former Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold will be postponed.

Set to occur this Monday in Smithers will be adjourned to accommodate court scheduling issues, B.C. Prosecution Service spokesman Daniel McLaughlin said.

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Counsel will appear in B.C. Supreme Court in the community to set a new date for the hearing.

In May, Strimbold pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault involving four boys who were under the age of 16. A pre-sentencing report and a psychological assessment were ordered.

A special prosecutor had previously approved 29 charges against Strimbold, including sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching, that were alleged to have involved six people who were all under the age of 16 at the time.

An indictment shows the assaults he pleaded guilty to occurred between May 2014 and August 2017.

In 2011, he became British Columbia's youngest elected mayor when he was elected in Burns Lake, a community of about 1,850 people 226 kilometres west of Prince George. In September 2016 and part way through his second term, he resigned and in March 2018, Burns Lake RCMP confirmed he had been charged with numerous counts of sexual assault and related offences.

- with files from The Canadian Press

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