BRIDGEWATER - A jury has been selected in the trial of a Halifax man charged with sexual assault in the case of a teenage boy.
© The Canadian Press/Mike Dembeck
John Leonard MacKean and his daughter arrive at court on Monday, March 17, 2014 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. MacKean is charged with sexual assault in the case of a teenage boy who was allegedly confined inside a Nova Scotia cabin.
Three days have been scheduled for the trial of John Leonard MacKean by judge and jury in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Bridgewater.
MacKean, who was arrested in November 2012 at a Fredericton hotel and released on bail, is also charged with communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18.
Last June, David James LeBlanc was sentenced in the case to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions.
An agreed statement of facts in LeBlancâs case said he offered the boy a painting job and drove him in a van from Halifax to Lunenburg County in September 2012 on the pretext of picking up painting supplies.
The document said the boy was taken to a cabin in Upper Chelsea, about 130 kilometres southwest of Halifax, where he was chained inside a bedroom and repeatedly sexually assaulted.
The boy later escaped and a woman reported seeing a barefoot teenager at her doorstep, chained at his wrists and ankles.
LeBlanc was arrested in northern Ontario after a Canada-wide manhunt. At the time, police were also searching for 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham, whose body was later found near the area where LeBlanc was arrested. Foul play was not suspected in his death.