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Nova Scotia judge hears arguments about media access in intimate photo-sharing case

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Bridgewater police launched a year-long investigation in response to complaints from school officials, which led to charges being laid.  (THE CANADIAN PRESS)  

HALIFAX—A judge heard arguments Monday about media access to court documents in a Nova Scotia case involving the alleged sharing of intimate images without consent by teenagers.

Defence lawyer Joshua Nodelman, who represents one of the accused, says a media lawyer made her comments over the telephone due to a storm that hit the province.

Six Nova Scotia teenaged boys are charged with sharing images of at least 20 high school girls in Bridgewater, N.S.

Nodelman says the media application will be back before the courts on Dec. 19.

Meanwhile, the actual trial has been set for Sept. 5 to 8 for the six young men.

Two 18-year-olds and four 15-year-olds are facing charges of distributing intimate images without consent, and possessing and distributing child pornography. Their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Charges were laid after Bridgewater police launched a year-long investigation in response to complaints from school officials, leading to the seizure of a number of electronic devices — mainly cell phones — which were handed over to the RCMP Technological Crime Unit for analysis.

The case is one of the first in Canada involving legislation introduced in late 2013 after the death of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, which captured national attention.

The 17-year-old attempted suicide and was taken off life support after a digital photo of what her family says was a sexual assault was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour, N.S.


Source : TheStar

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