HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia paramedic accused of assaulting six women under his care has been released from custody on a surety with several conditions, and will be on house arrest while his case is before the courts.
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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 appeared in Halifax provincial court Monday to face four charges of sexual assault and breach of trust after being arrested Thursday.
Police say the alleged incidents occurred between Dec. 20, 2010 and April 21, 2013 and involve four women ranging from 24 to 64 years of age.
The alleged offences all occurred while patients were being transported in an ambulance from Windsor, Fall River and Lower Sackville to the hospital.
Keats currently has three prior charges of sexual assault and breach of trust before the courts. He is now on paid leave from EHS.
Keats was released Monday on a $20,000 surety according to media reports.
Chris Hansen, spokesperson for the public prosecution service, said he is under multiple conditions including having no contact with the alleged victims or owning a firearm.
Keats is scheduled to return to court Nov. 5.
- by Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax