Cape Breton University staff member facing sex charges

Published on October 4, 2013

By The Canadian Press

A Cape Breton University's staff member has been suspended after being charged with three sex offences involving a girl under the age of 16.

John Shea McInnis, the director of the university's recruitment and marketing division, is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 2000 and December 2006, and the name of the complainant is banned from publication.

McInnis was released from custody Wednesday after posting a $25,000 property surety and agreeing to abide by conditions, including having no contact with the alleged victim, reporting to police and not using any form of social media.

The 59-year-old is scheduled to enter pleas to the charges on Nov. 27.

University spokeswoman Irene Khattar says McInnis has been suspended with pay for an indefinite period, adding that the charges relate to incidents alleged to have happened off campus and not related to student activities.