Nova Scotia man accused of sexually assaulting and confining boy to stand trial

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The Canadian Press

BRIDGEWATER - A Nova Scotia judge has ordered a man accused of sexually assaulting and confining a teenage boy to stand trial.

David James Leblanc, facing charges of sexually assaulting and confining a teenage boy, is returned on a RCMP aircraft to Halifax on Friday.

Provincial court Judge Gregory Lenehan ruled Monday during a preliminary hearing that David James Leblanc will be tried by a judge and jury.

Leblanc is facing seven charges in relation to the alleged incident last fall in a cabin in Upper Chelsea, N.S., about 130 kilometres southwest of Halifax.

Police began their investigation last September after a woman reported that a barefoot boy arrived at her home chained at his wrists and ankles.

The RCMP have said they believe the boy was held captive for 10 to 14 days before he was able to escape.

A publication ban was imposed on all evidence presented during the preliminary hearing.

Dates for Leblanc’s Supreme Court trial will be set on May 9.

Organizations: RCMP, Supreme Court

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Upper Chelsea, Halifax

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