Youth worker pleads guilty to sex, drug charges

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Youth worker Arthur Francis McGuigan, 58, pleads guilty on two charges of sexual exploitation

A 58-year-old youth worker charged with sexual exploitation and trafficking in a controlled substance entered guilty pleas Friday in P.E.I. Supreme Court to multiple charges.

Arthur Francis McGuigan pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual exploitation.

Those charges relate to two separate incidents, one in Charlottetown, the other in Tracadie.

He pleaded guilty as well to a charge of luring a person under the age of 18 for the purposes of facilitating the offence of child pornography.

McGuigan also pleaded guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine.

The Crown stayed charges of accessing child pornography and possession of child pornography.

McGuigan was a youth worker at Bluefield High School until his arrest.

An agreed statement of facts has been prepared for the court.

The Crown, the defence and the accused have all signed that statement but it was not read into the court record.

Justice Gordon Campbell has ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report on the accused and adjourned the matter to Oct. 6 for sentence.

The charges relating to the luring of a child and sexual exploitation both carry mandatory minimum jail sentences.

A publication ban imposed by the courts prohibits the publication or broadcast of any details which would lead to the identification of the victims.

Organizations: Bluefield High School

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Tracadie

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  • cautious observer
    July 12, 2014 - 21:00

    Fine to throw stones.....however, this man has helped many.....am sad to hear that he "relapsed" for lack of a better word and am truly upset about what transpired......unbelieveable.! As for pleading guilty....he wouldn't have had a choice, given our legal system.....he would have been told he was being given a "deal" for less time, and unless he has millions, to hire a top notch lawyer, who likes to litigate, which we don't have here, he didn't have a chance.

  • John Doe
    July 12, 2014 - 11:37

    To parent: No, I'm female actually. This story is definitely different then what you see and read.

  • Lori
    July 12, 2014 - 08:58

    Art also helped me a great deal!! And no I'm not male "parent". You stand up for the actual human being NOT what the media portrays. Im also a parent of a teen and it's very sad what happened but with the publicity ban no one will ever know the WHOLE TRUTH.....

    • Question
      July 12, 2014 - 10:47

      So why would any great human being plead guilty to such a horrible crime? In hopes of getting a lighter sentence .... no other reason. Are you also defending all the Catholic priests who helped thousands and abused hundreds?

    • Question
      July 12, 2014 - 10:48

      So why would any great human being plead guilty to such a horrible crime? In hopes of getting a lighter sentence .... no other reason. Are you also defending all the Catholic priests who helped thousands and abused hundreds?

  • Yeah But
    July 12, 2014 - 08:18

    Yeah but he gave meth to a child, a vulnerable one at that too. How can you in good conscience stand up for this zero? Got to love those mandatory minimum sentences.

  • John Doe
    July 11, 2014 - 22:50

    People are stupid to believe everything they read or the way media blows things up. There are two sides to every story may I remind you. This guy did wonderful things for thousands of youth over the course of his career. Only knowing the information that you read and making a judgment is not really fair. It angers me. You would have to know this man, or talk to the hundreds of lives he's actually saved. It's easy to get yourself into trouble... Especially in this field where sometimes the best interest of a child and instincts go against what is wrote on paper. This man personally saved my life, when our services couldn't. Just remember that before making a judgment based soley on what you read.

    • Parent
      July 12, 2014 - 07:59

      Well I am making a judgement based on what I know.... and this man deserves every bit of punishment that he gets. He was in a position of trust and he abused that trust in the most awful way. He may have saved you (and I am betting you are male) but he certainly destroyed the lives of some other people.

    • Parent
      July 12, 2014 - 08:00

      Well I am making a judgement based on what I know.... and this man deserves every bit of punishment that he gets. He was in a position of trust and he abused that trust in the most awful way. He may have saved you (and I am betting you are male) but he certainly destroyed the lives of some other people.

    • Marie
      July 12, 2014 - 08:57

      To John Doe; First off, I'd like to meet an Islander that WAS saved by "the services"! Second...glad he was able to change your life, I assume in a good way since you didn't use your name. But for the life of me, why would anyone defend this lowlife behavior especially from a youth councillor??? This man is meant to help children get passed some problems not lead them down the road to addiction... which is what he was doing with meth. He's supposed to guide them, but not to a bed to make a movie. Shame on him and anyone who would call him a good man...he's not!!! He's a predator!

    • More Stupid
      July 12, 2014 - 10:08

      Even more stupid to defend a pedophile.

    • A parent
      July 12, 2014 - 16:16

      Are you stupid..he pleaded guilty to the charges..and Yes I know one of the victims that came forward..so happy he did not hurt you..he is not the victim he is the MONSTER!!!! Im sick and tired of people defending him.

    • John
      July 12, 2014 - 16:32

      I am an alcoholic and Art helped me too. Under no circumstances do I condone anything he has plead guilty to and I think these actions wipe out the good he has done. Even mass murderers have done something worthwhile in the past. I think he should be looking at a minimum 5 years in the pen.