Meeko sentenced to 22 years in prison for molesting students

 By Kira Wronska Dorward  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter  Editor’s note: This story contains details that some readers may find disturbing. Sentencing has finally been handed down for former teacher Johnny Meeko in Iqaluit court. Judge Paul Bychok remarked that “this case has had a long passage through the justice system” after several mistrials and the overturning of verdicts in appeals. He then sentenced the 69-year-old Meeko to 22.2 years in a federal prison for sexually assaulting students in Sanikiluaq. This sentence takes into account the time Meeko has already spent in custody awaiting justice to be served, which would make his overall sentence the equivalent of 29 years. Deemed a “serial child predator” by the court, Meeko was convicted of two counts of sexual assault, 10 counts of sexual touching,…

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