Former TRU director changes plea to guilty

Man charged with one count of possessing child pornography enters guilty plea.

  • Nov. 10, 2015 1:00 p.m.

The former director of graduate studies at Thompson Rivers University will be sentenced in BC Provincial Court in Salmon Arm on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

Andrew McKay is charged with one count of possessing child pornography.

On Aug. 18, McKay appeared in Salmon Arm court without a lawyer and changed his plea from not guilty to guilty.

When asked by Judge Mayland McKimm if he understood the ramifications of changing his plea, he assured he did.

“I absolutely understand the short- and long-term circumstances and giving up my right to trial… It’s not in any way I don’t know what I’m doing.”

He said he was appearing without a lawyer to save a bit of expense and to expedite the process for the sake of his family.

“It has been devastating on  my career, family and marriage and I’m eager to deal with it directly…”

The court decided that, before sentencing, McKay would be the subject of a pre-sentence report with a psychological and psychiatric component.

The sentencing is set to begin at 2 p.m.

 

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