Guilty plea to child porn charge
Andrew Coolen, 42, of New Minas, has pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing child pornography and will be sentenced in July.
Coolen pleaded guilty to the charge April 26. Judge Patrick Curran adjourned the matter to July 19 to allow time for a pre-sentence report and a forensic sexual offender report be prepared before sentencing.
Coolen committed the offence in New Minas Dec. 3, 2015. A charge of making child pornography available has been adjourned to July 19 for disposition.
The RCMP Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit executed a search warrant on a New Minas home Dec. 3, 2015, with assistance from the Technological Crime Unit and New Minas RCMP. Coolen was arrested at the residence without incident. He was released from police custody on conditions.
Coolen is not to access the Internet for any reason and is not to possess any Internet-enabled device. He is not to have any contact, directly or indirectly, with any child under the age of 18 unless the child’s parent or guardian provides express consent and is present.
Failed to take assessment
John Earle Joseph Howard, 22, of Aylesford, has been handed a suspended sentence with probation for failing to comply with a condition of his probation that prohibited him from being in the company of people under age 16 and failing to comply with a condition of probation to take an assessment for the forensic sexual behaviour program as co-ordinated by the…