Former Alberta MLA Don MacIntyre pleads guilty to sexually touching child

Former United Conservative Party MLA Don MacIntyre has pleaded guilty to sexual interference Friday while a charge of sexual assault will be withdrawn.

An agreed statement of facts detailing the crime will be read aloud by prosecutor Julie Snowdon in a Red Deer courtroom.

The offence dates are between 2010 and 2011 and involve a female child under the age of 14. A publication ban protects any information that could identify MacIntyre’s victim.

McIntyre sexually touched his victim five to 10 times over a one-year period beginning in 2010.

“He told her that God said that God was okay with the touching,” reads the agreed statement of facts. 

He told the child he had prayed to God about it. 

Court to hear from victim

In 2015, the girl told her mother about the abuse and when confronted, McIntyre immediately confessed but said the sexual abuse was “part of Satan’s plan to destroy child’s faith.” 

He then wrote apology letters to his victim.

According to the court document, the girl became suicidal.

The former MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake resigned his seat last February after charges were laid in connection with offences against a child.

Sexual interference involves touching someone under the age of 16 years of age for a sexual purpose. 

Snowdon and defence lawyers Ian McKay and Heather Ferg will make sentencing submissions after two victim impact statements are read aloud.

The starting point for a sexual interference conviction is four years in prison but aggravating or mitigating factors can increase or reduce that time period.

It’s not yet known if Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Debra Yungwirth will sentence MacIntyre on Monday or reserve her decision.



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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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