Special prosecutor approves polygamy charges

Four individuals of the Bountiful community facing charges based on ongoing investigations in B.C. and the U.S.

A special prosecutor with the Criminal Justice Branch approved criminal charges against four individuals associated with Bountiful on Wednesday.

Peter Wilson approved the charges, which allege polygamy and the unlawful removal of children under the age of 16 years from Canada with the intention that an act be committed outside Canada would be an offence against section 151 (sexual interference) or 152 (invitation to sexual touching) of the Criminal Code.

Winston Blackmore and James Oler both face charges of polygamy, while Oler also faces a charge for the alleged unlawful removal of a child from Canada.

Additionally, Brandon Blackmore and Emily Crossfield each face a charge for alleged unlawful removal of a child from Canada.

The charges were sworn in Cranbrook while first appearance is anticipated to be on Oct. 9th, 2014, in Creston.

The new charges come on the revelation of new evidence after the RCMP received a large volume of documentation seized by U.S. authorities after investigations into members of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints in Arizona, Texas and Utah.

Crown counsel received two RCMP reports in July 2013 and and January 2014, with some of the material based on evidence that had been considered in earlier charges against Blackmore and Oler.

Those charges were thrown out in 2009 after a judge ruled that former B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal did not have the authority to appoint a third special prosecutor after the previous two recommended against approving charges.

Wilson declined to approve other criminal charges, namely alleged offences of sexual exploitation after determining the standard for approving charges had not been met.

Wilson was sworn in as a special prosecutor in January 2012 with a mandate to offer legal advice to police during their investigation of individuals associated with Bountiful and assess the possible prosecution of sexual exploitation and the alleged offences against minors in the community. Two weeks later, his role was expanded to include consideration of potential offences under the polygamy provisions of the criminal code.

 

Just Posted

Ballet Jorgen’s Coppélia features local dancers

Classic ballet runs at Key City Theatre Friday, Feb. 22

Key City Theatre hosting fly fishing film festival

Eight films, including one shot locally up the St. Mary Valley, are set to screen

Stetski pushes feds to fund rural internet infrastructure

Kootenay-Columbia MP rises in Parliament to advocate for a funding action plan

Kootenay East MLA reacts to B.C. budget

Tom Shypitka has mixed reaction to plan put forward by the provincial government

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Man wanted for sex trafficking, confinement may be heading to B.C.

Kevin Myrthil, 26, is also accused of assault on a 19-year-old woman at an Edmonton hotel

Most Read