The Telegram (St. John's)

Musician’s bail plan falls apart

Protesters again gather outside court for Chris Carter's scheduled appearance Friday

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After asking for a postponeme­nt to allow him time to organize a bail plan, Chris Carter is now back at Square 1, a St. John’s court heard Friday.

Carter, a local musician and former bar owner, is charged with eight crimes of sexual violence against two children, alleged to have been committed between January and May of this year: sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, sexual interferen­ce and sexual exploitati­on.

He has been in custody for about two weeks and has been scheduled multiple times for a bail hearing. Each time, protesters have gathered outside Atlantic Place on Water Street to oppose Carter’s potential release from custody and to show support for the young complainan­ts and all survivors of sexual violence.

Friday’s scheduled court date was no different, with more than a dozen people gathered with signs bearing phrases such as, “Keep creeps off the streets.”

Once again, Carter’s bail hearing didn’t go ahead. The 35-year-0ld Pouch Cove man has reportedly been attempting to organize a plan that would satisfy the Crown’s conditions for his release, including securing a surety. A plan had apparently been in place Friday morning before it fell apart.

Carter is scheduled to make his next court appearance via a video call from Her Majesty’s Penitentia­ry on June 24.

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