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Former northern B.C. mayor scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow for sexual assaults

Luke Strimbold pled guilty to four counts of sexual abuse involving boys under 16 years old
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Former Mayor of Burns Lake, Luke Strimbold. (via The Canadian Press)

Luke Strimbold is scheduled to learn his sentencing tomorrow (Dec. 4) in a Smithers courtroom. 

His hearing was scheduled last Tuesday, Nov. 26, after getting moved from September because of certain issues.

The judge reserved a decision until this week after final submissions by crown and prosecution were submitted at the previous hearing. 

Strimbold is expected to appear at 11 a.m. tomorrow morning, said Dan McLaughlin, Communications Counsel for the B.C. Prosecution Service. 

He pleaded guilty on May 5, 2019, to four counts of sexual assault involving four boys who were under the age of 16 at the time. 

An indictment shows the assaults Strimbold pleaded guilty to are said to have happened between May 2014 and August 2017. 

A special prosecutor had previously approved 29 charges against him, including sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching, that were alleged to have involved six people.

The remaining 25 counts were stayed.

He was elected mayor of Burns Lake in 2011 at the age of 21, which made him the youngest mayor ever of a B.C. city. 

- with files from Kyle Balzer, PrinceGeorgeMatters and The Canadian Press


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