Former Hay River track star sentenced for Snapchat ‘sextortion’

Joel Gordon’s Snapchat sex crimes invaded the “comfort and peace” of his victim’s homes – and lives – and wouldn’t have stopped unless he was caught, Judge Karan Shaner said during a sentencing hearing in NWT Supreme Court today. Gordon, a 23-year-old former track star from Hay River convicted of child porn-related charges, was given...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at