CROWN STAYS SEX CHARGES AGAINST GRAY MAN

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Charges have been stayed against a 42-year-old man whose pres­ence in the com­mu­nity of Gray had sparked con­cerns among some res­i­dents last year.

“I want the peo­ple of Gray to know I’m not the per­son painted out to be,” Nathan Jarvis Dueck told the Leader-Post in a tele­phone in­ter­view on Thurs­day.

Dueck said he felt it im­por­tant that res­i­dents know “that they ’re safe. And they don’t need to worry.

“I’m not the pe­dophile I’ve been painted out to be,” he added.

This week in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench, the Crown is­sued a stay of pro­ceed­ings on two out­stand­ing sex of­fences, as had been done ear­lier with a third one. Those charges, in­volv­ing one child com­plainant, dated back to 2016. The Crown took stock of the case after a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, and opted to stay the charges rather than pro­ceed to trial. The prose­cu­tor in­volved in the case was not avail­able for com­ment Thurs­day.

Court doc­u­ments sim­ply say the Crown is “un­will­ing now to pros­e­cute fur­ther Nathan Dueck.”

In ad­di­tion, last year two counts al­leg­ing breaches of re­cog­ni­zance con­di­tions, un­der which he was placed in con­nec­tion with those charges, were also stayed, ef­fec­tively bring­ing the pro­ceed­ings to an end.

In Fe­bru­ary last year, some res­i­dents had ex­pressed con­cerns to the Leader-Post and anger against the jus­tice sys­tem after Dueck was granted bail with re­gard to his charges and re­turned to the com­mu­nity, where he re­sides with his fam­ily near a home day­care. In the bail de­ci­sion, it notes Dueck “adamantly de­nies any in­volve­ment” in the charges he was then fac­ing.

Dueck had pre­vi­ously been con­victed, in De­cem­ber 2009, of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a 17-yearold girl, for which he re­ceived a prison sen­tence. On ap­peal, the con­vic­tion was up­held but the sen­tence was re­duced to three years and three months.

In opt­ing to grant bail back in De­cem­ber 2016 fol­low­ing the breach charges, the judge noted: “Since that con­vic­tion, the ac­cused has not been in dif­fi­culty with the law. He com­pleted his pa­role; there were no vi­o­la­tions of his re­lease con­di­tions; and he is com­plet­ing, with­out in­ci­dent, his time as be­ing reg­is­tered on the na­tional sex of­fender registry.”

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