UPDATED: CBU director of recruitment charged with sex offences

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

SYDNEY — The director of Cape Breton University's recruitment and marketing division has been charged with three sex offences involving a girl under the age of 16.

John Shea McInnis, 59, is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching involving a person under the age of 16. The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 2000 and December 2006. The name of the complainant is banned from publication.

McInnis of Beechwood Drive, Glace Bay, was released from custody Wednesday after posting a $25,000 property surety and agreeing to abide by a host of conditions including having no contact with the alleged victim, he is not allowed to possess any weapons, he is not to attend any place  where children under the age of 16 are likely to gather (parks, community pools), he is to report once a week, by phone, to Cape Breton Regional Police and he is not allowed to use any form of social media except within the confines of his employment.

McInnis is now scheduled to enter pleas to the charges Nov. 27.

Irene Khattar, the university's director of communication, said McInnis has been suspended with pay for an indefinite period.

"The charges relate to incidents that happened a number of years ago, not on the campus and unrelated to student activities and university business," said Khattar, adding McInnis' duties will be assumed by the deputy director of the section.

She said counselling services will be made available to students and faculty who may feel the need to take advantage of such services.

"In the best interests of those concerned, CBU is awaiting an opportunity to meet with the employee and assess course of actions that are respectful to all concerned," said Khattar.

Geographic location: Glace Bay

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page