Strimbold Pleads Guilty to Four Sex Assault Charges

John Crawford

Former Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold has pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault against four different individuals.

Strimbold entered the pleas Monday afternoon in BC Supreme Court in Smithers, with his lawyer saying he wanted to allow the victims and everyone involved in the case a chance to move forward.

Lawyer Stanley Tessmer says Strimbold is very remorseful and wants to ensure that the boys know it's not their fault, and that it's time for the cycle of abuse to end and the healing to begin.

[PHOTO:  Lawyer Stanley Tessmer, Former Burns Lake Mayor Luke Strimbold -- in Smithers May 6 2019;  credit: Daniel Mesec/CTV]
A pre-sentencing report and a psychological assessment have been ordered and Strimbold's sentencing hearing has been tentatively scheduled for September 23rd. 

He was originally facing 29 charges, including sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching involving six boys under the age of 16.

The remaining 25 counts will be stayed following sentencing.

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