Kentville Paramedic's sexual assault case delayed

Ashley Thompson
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WOLFVILLE - The case of a paramedic accused of sexually assaulting a 71-year-old woman in her Rawdon home has been delayed until September to allow time for the Crown to receive forensic evidence from Ottawa.


James Duncan Keats, pictured here making his way into Halifax provincial court June 13, is facing three counts of sexual assault and breach of trust in relation to complaints lodged by a 71-year-old woman from Rawdon, and a 32-year-old woman from Halifax.

James Duncan Keats, of Kentville, is facing three charges of sexual assault and three charges of breach of trust for two separate incidents involving the Rawdon woman, and one incident involving a 32-year-old Halifax woman.

The East Hants-based allegations are being dealt with in Windsor provincial court, where Keats was represented by defence lawyer Curtis Palmer July 16.

Palmer informed Judge Alan Tufts Keats it could take up to 40 days for the forensic evidence to be available. He then informed the judge that Keats is unable to retain him, and applied to be removed from the case as Keats’ solicitor.

Keats, who was wearing a burgundy EHS polo, told Tufts he intends to apply for legal aid later this month as he no longer has an income. He is not permitted to work as a paramedic while the case is before the court.

Keats was first arrested May 31, 2013, following an investigation by the Rawdon RCMP.

The Rawdon woman is alleging Keats, 47, sexually assaulted her while responding to a call for assistance for a male resident of the home on May 26.A press release issued by the Rawdon RCMP said the woman told police two paramedics responded and the alleged assault occurred after one escorted her to another room to check her vital signs.

It is alleged Keats sexually assaulted the same woman while she was being taken to a hospital in an ambulance on Sept. 1, 2012.

The Halifax woman lodged complaints against Keats with police Feb. 7, claiming the paramedic sexually assaulted her while she was being transported to a hospital in an ambulance Jan. 31.  The charges have not been proven in court.

Keats, who is out of custody on conditions that he obeys a curfew and refrains from practicing as a paramedic, is due back in Windsor provincial court Sept. 3 for a possible plea date.


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