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Amy Hood now expected to enter pleas in April

PICTOU - A former Pictou County school teacher charged with multiple sex related crimes is expected to enter pleas in April.

Carolyn Amy Hood,38, of Riverton made a brief appearance in Pictou Provincial Court Wednesday to update the court on her case that involves charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, two counts of luring minors over the Internet for sexual purposes and two counts of sexual exploitation of a young person.  These charges are in relation to alleged incidents involving minors from June to September 2013.

Hood was arrested in January 2014 following an 11-week police investigation following a complaint received from Thorburn Consolidated School.

She has pleaded not guilty to breach charges in June 2014. Court records allege that she breached a court order by possessing a cellular device for communication, not reporting to RCMP when she changed her place of residence and not attending for the purpose of identification for personal fact.  The charges were laid in connection with the alleged incidents between January and April 2014. 

Defence lawyer Joel Pink asked the court to adjourn his client’s case until April 13, so that he and the Crown would have to time to receive and review expert reports that may be used in the case.

Hood has undergone a mental health assessment as part of her defence and that report was handed over to the Crown a few months ago for review.   The assessment is used to determine if she is fit to stand trial and if she was criminally responsible at the time of the alleged incidents.

In addition to the request for adjournment,  Pink asked for changes to his client’s bail conditions to accommodate her new employment.


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