Former Chilliwack school board candidate and DPAC vice-president Corey Neyrinck pleaded guilty to child sex abuse and possession of child pornography. (File/ The Progress)

UPDATE: Chilliwack child sex offender delays his sentencing hearing

Victim’s mother annoyed at manipulation of the system as Corey Neyrinck needs to find a new lawyer

A Chilliwack man who pleaded guilty to child sex abuse and possession of child pornography delayed his own sentencing scheduled for Friday and will have to find a new lawyer.

Corey Neyrinck – a one-time Chilliwack school board candidate and district parents’ advisory council (DPAC) vice-president – was in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack Friday morning for a sentencing hearing on one count of sexually touching a person under 16, one count of sexually touching a person under 14, and one count each of producing and possessing child pornography.

Neyrinck’s lawyer David Ferguson, however, addressed the court to say he had to withdraw as counsel.

Justice Neill Brown asked if Ferguson had a reason that should be recorded on the record, but the lawyer said no. Some in attendance suspect the reason is that despite guilty pleas, Neyrinck does not want some of the facts read in open court.

After the May 5 court appearance, the mother of one victim said she was annoyed at Neyrinck trying to manipulate the system.

“He’s not stupid,” she told The Progress. “He thinks the longer it’s delayed, the less time he will have to spend in actual prison.

“He’s a coward.”

In all but the most extreme cases, offenders are granted 1.5-to-one credit for time served in pre-trial custody.

Back in November 2016 when he pleaded guilty to the four charges, the mother, who can’t be named, said that after three years of ongoing court dates and postponed trials as the accused switched lawyers, she was relieved it was over.

“I’m so relieved that he’s finally decided to tell the truth and admit his guilt,” she said. “It has taken a toll on both me and [the victim]. No parent wants to see their child dread the day they have to re-open wounds that have taken years to heal.”

Few details of the case have been presented publicly yet, but as the charges were read aloud, it became clear Neyrinck was sexually engaged with two different victims over a six-year period from March 2008 to February 2014.

A number of police officers and people related to the victims, including the mother of S.K., attended the hearing in November, which was scheduled to be the start of a 10-day trial. Most were back in court again on Friday.

Neyrinck was dressed in the standard prison-issue orange sweatshirt and pants, brought in to Chilliwack from Surrey Pre-Trial Centre. The 29-year-old had been granted bail on a $20,000 surety a year ago but he was unable to perfect it.

Given the time this case has taken in light of the recent Jordan decision by the Supreme Court of Canada about unreasonable delays, the question was addressed in court on May 5. The 2016 Jordan decision addressed Section 11(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which says “any person charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time.”

The high court decided on presumptive ceilings for how long cases can last: 18 months for provincial court cases and 30 months for superior court.

Given the delays are of his own making, Crown counsel Paul Blessin addressed the issue with Justice Brown, who confirmed that Neyrinck can make no 11(b) argument.

“There will not be any delay attributed to the state,” Brown said.

Neyrinck is scheduled to appear via video on May 23 to confirm a new sentencing date, which is tentatively scheduled for July.

There is no plea to them, but Neyrinck also faced a number of breaches in connection with the charges. In one count, he allegedly attempted to contact the mother of one of his victims 13 times from the Surrey Pre-Trial Centre. In another, he was alleged to have made up a fake polygraph company that vouched for his innocence.

And in a third, when police checked on the door of the RV he was living in in April 2014, they found a web-capable PlayStation 3, an unplugged wireless router, and an insecure wifi signal throughout the RV park. As part of his bail he was not allowed to have access to the Internet.

Incidentally, the RV was his father-in-law’s, and during the search police found evidence that led to charges of possession of child pornography against him as well. Those charges ended in a stay of proceedings on Dec. 3, 2015.

Comments are closed

Just Posted

WorkBC Chilliwack officially opens doors to its new location

The local centre opened in April and since then hundreds of clients transitioned to employment

OPINION: A brief look at the present and past of Chilliwack federal elections

For those who are new to town, or just haven’t been paying attention

Missing man last seen in Chilliwack Sept. 7

Friends concerned for well-being of 44-year-old Jean Pierre Baril

Chilliwack school board to vote on whether to paint rainbow crosswalk at district office

Scheduled vote at Sept. 17 meeting comes two weeks after city hall said ‘no’ to the idea

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Mars and Jupiter at the Chilliwack SPCA

These two very social guinea pigs are up for adoption at the Chilliwack SPCA

Vancouver’s Tristan Connelly shocks the UFC world

Late replacement upsets big favourite Pereira, main event sees Gaethje stop Cerrone in round one

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

‘A real shame’: B.C. MLA says factors behind Tolko mill closing should have been caught

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson said the industry is in bad shape across the province

Most Read