Election date postponed for Kentville paramedic facing sex charges

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By Ashley Thompson, TC MEDIA

A suspended paramedic accused of assaulting several female patients has been granted more time to review evidence before his case moves forward.

James Duncan Keats

James Duncan Keats, of Kentville, has been charged with seven counts of sexual assault and seven counts of breach of trust based on complaints six women between the ages of 24 to 71 filed with police.

The alleged assaults are said to have occurred in the Halifax area and Hants County between Dec. 20, 2010 and April 21, 2013.

Karen Armour, a legal aid lawyer, appeared in Windsor provincial court on Keats’ behalf Jan. 28 to request a new election date for Keats. Armour said her client needs more time to review new Crown information.

Judge Alan Tufts agreed to push the election date to Feb. 11.

Keats, 48, is banned from practicing as a paramedic while his case is before the courts. He is released from custody on a $20,000 surety, but under house arrest.

Keats was first arrested based on complaints a 71-year-old Rawdon woman shared with local police. The woman alleges Keats sexually assaulted her after escorting her to a private room to test her vitals during a home visit in May 2013, and also when she was being transported to hospital in an ambulance in September 2012.

The charges against Keats mounted after news of his first arrest in May 2013 received widespread media attention.

Geographic location: Kentville, Halifax, Hants County Windsor

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