Trial for councillor accused of voyeurism scheduled to begin next March

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The trial for Councillor Jeff Peddle, who is facing voyeurism charges, is scheduled to begin on March 28, 2022 in Fort McMurray provincial court.

Peddle, who was first elected to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s council in 2017, is accused of “publishing an intimate image” after allegedly “surreptitiously” recording a woman. The recording was allegedly made “in a place that gave rise to the reasonable expectation of privacy, when that person could reasonably be expected to be nude.”

Peddle is accused of sharing the image without the woman’s consent. The woman’s identity is protected under a publication ban. Peddle has pled not guilty to the charges, which have not been proven in court.

Brian Beresh of Edmonton-based Beresh Law, who is representing Peddle, said in a Monday email that the trial will not impact Peddle’s plans to run in the upcoming municipal election. Election Day is Oct. 18.

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The Municipal Government Act (MGA) states an elected member of council is disqualified from council if they are convicted and sentenced to at least five years imprisonment. A member of council can also be removed if found guilty of municipal corruption, or of influencing a municipal office or an appointment to office.

Peddle has not publicly confirmed what his election plans are for this fall. Beresh previously told CTV Edmonton that Peddle planned on running for mayor. In a December email, Beresh said Peddle “intends to let the legal process unfold before making any final determination on his run for mayor.” In January, Peddle believed the case would be resolved before the election.

vmcdermott@postmedia.com

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