Raymond Man Pleads Not Guilty to Youth Charges in Historic Sex Crimes Case

The case against a Raymond man, accused of sex crimes dating back several years, was back in a Lethbridge courtroom Wednesday.

A Raymond man accused of sex crimes dating back to the 1980's and 90's has pleaded not guilty to charges he's facing in youth court.

The 49 year old man, who can not be named, was arrested earlier this year by Picture Butte RCMP after three female victims alleged they had been sexually abused by a man they knew.

The man's lawyer had recently argued should his client be convicted, he should be sentenced under the old Juvenile Delinquents Act or Young Offenders Act from that time period, however judge Derek Redman ruled Wednesday afternoon (July 11) it would be premature to make that determination at this time. He says to "decide that (the type of sentencing) now would be based on speculation". The judge also ruled the accused has no right to a preliminary hearing on the youth charges given the current legislation.

Following those decisions, pleas of not guilty to the six youth charges were entered. The accused also faces four charges in adult court with a preliminary hearing on those matters scheduled for this November. He's already elected for trial by judge alone in Court of Queen's Bench.

The man is currently out on bail under several conditions. The matter is scheduled to be back in a Lethbridge courtroom July 18th.

- Pat Siedlecki

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