Car­bon­ear man pleads not guilty to charges linked to al­leged sex­ual as­sault of fe­male youth

The Compass - - Editorial - HAR­BOUR GRACE, NL edi­tor@cb­n­com­

A Car­bon­ear man has pleaded not guilty to charges re­lated to the al­leged sex­ual as­sault of an un­der­age fe­male.

A pub­li­ca­tion ban has been or­dered to pro­tect the iden­tity of the com­plainant. The Com­pass is not re­port­ing the name of the 61-year-old ac­cused, who is fac­ing charges of sex­ual as­sault, sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion. Those charges cover a two-year pe­riod be­tween 2015 and 2017.

De­fence lawyer John Brown en­tered the not guilty pleas on be­half of the ac­cused, who was not present in Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court last Wed­nes­day. Crown pros­e­cu­tor Richard De­veau sug­gested three days would be nec­es­sary for a trial. The mat­ter will be heard in Har­bour Grace Sept. 13-14 and 17.

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