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Several members of the Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation were on hand at Provincial Court in Carlyle Wednesday. (CBC)

A court-ordered delay in the sentencing of the chief of the Pheasant Rump Nakota Nation in southeast Saskatchewan has some people expressing frustration.

Chief Terry McArthur pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenaged girl on his reserve.

On Wednesday, in Carlyle, Sask., McArthur was set to be sentenced, however the judge on the case instead ordered officials to prepare a pre-sentence report.

Such reports usually provide details on the circumstances of the offender and are viewed as useful background for a judge to fashion an appropriate sentence.

McArthur was not present during Wednesday's court session.

Several members of the community attended court and said they were unhappy with the delay.

"What are they going to do next time? Keep pushing it back again?" Matthew McArthur, a band member who is a distant relation to the chief, said Wednesday. "This is disgusting."

The sentencing decision was put off until Aug. 7.

The chief's case has prompted some in the community to raise concerns about his continuing to lead the band council.

With files from CBC's Geoff Leo