A former scout leader, charged for allegedly abusing a 13-year-old boy in Moncton, nearly 50 years ago, has elected to be tried by judge and jury.
David Wolfe, 68, who now lives in Nova Scotia, is facing two counts of indecent assault in connection with allegations by Richard Dutkiewicz, RCMP have said.
Dutkiewicz, 61, alleges he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Wolfe in the mid-1960s, when Wolfe was an assistant scout master.
The alleged abuse — oral sex — occurred at Wolfe's home, not far from West Riverview School, where the scout meetings were held, Dutkiewicz has said.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Wolfe is also charged with using threats to keep a person from reporting a crime in connection with allegations by a second male complainant. No other details about that case have been released.
Wolfe did not appear before Judge Irwin Lampert in Moncton provincial court on Friday.
Scott Fowler, his defence lawyer, made the election on his behalf and Dutkiewicz looked on.
It's a relief to finally get the case underway, Dutkiewicz told CBC News.
"It's been a long process, over a year, and I understand the wheels grind slowly, but they do grind. So it's just a matter of going through the process," he said.
A preliminary inquiry will be held on April 22.