Former MLA court case further adjourned

Former MLA court case further adjourned

Don MacIntyre’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 11.

Former UCP MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake Don MacIntyre will have another hearing at Red Deer Provincial Court next week.

MacIntyre was set to appear at the Case Management Office, (CMO) this morning to hear his options moving forward.

MacIntyre, 62, did not appear in the provincial court, instead Red Deer lawyer Maurice Collard, acting as agent for MacIntyre’s Calgary lawyer, Ian McKay.

Collard asked to have the hearing adjourned once again.

The next hearing is scheduled for May 11 at 8:30 a.m., once again at CMO. He will be given options for furthering the case along from a justice of the peace (JP).

If a plea is to be entered, MacIntyre will have to be there himself, and it will be done in front of a provincial judge, as a JP cannot hear a plea.

McIntyre is charged with sexual interference, which is defined by the Criminal Code as a “charge related to a person who, for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of a person under the age of 16.”

The former MLA resigned from his caucus position with the United Conservative Party (UCP) on Feb. 2. He then resigned from his position as a member of legislature a few days later.

On social media he said he was resigning from politics to “focus on family.”

MacIntyre is not currently in custody, he was released on a number of conditions including he have no contact with anyone under 16 without a guardian present.

Another condition stipulates MacIntyre must stay at least 100 metres away from a playground, public swimming pool, daycare or school yard.

MacIntyre was elected in 2015 as a member of the Wildrose Party and joined the UCP following the merger with the Progressive Conservative Party. He did not finish his first term before he resigned from the position of MLA.

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