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NEWS: Nunavut November 13, 2012 - 6:07 am

Retired Nunavut teacher accused of multiple sex crimes to remain in custody

Johnny Meeko, 58, will stay behind bars

DAVID MURPHY

A retired Sanikiluaq schoolteacher facing 40 charges alleging sex crimes with children has for the second time been denied bail after a show-cause hearing.

Johnny Meeko, 58, appeared Nov. 9 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit for a review of a previous decision denying him bail.

The review had been called because the Crown conceded that Justice of the Peace Nicole Sikma erred in the first show-cause hearing by not calling certain evidence and providing insufficient reasons for his detainment. 

Meeko’s lawyer originally wanted bail granted on conditions that would have seen him living in northern Quebec. But this time he was ready to spend his time on bail in Iqaluit.

But Justice Andrew Mahar denied the request. Evidence given at show-cause hearings may not be published or broadcast.

After Mahar made his decision, members of Meeko’s family wept loudly in the courtroom.

Meeko shuffled out of the courtroom after a brief conversation with family members.

Meeko’s next appearance takes place Dec. 3 at the Nunavut Court of Justice.

The RCMP detachment in Sanikiluaq began investigating Meeko in July of 2012.

All the offences are alleged to have occurred at Nuiyak Elementary School in Sanikiluaq between 1984 and 2006.

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