Wilbert (Wilbur) Dedam

Wilbert (Wilbur) Dedam, a former chief of Esgenoôpetitj First Nation, pictured here in 2002, will find out Friday if he will be granted bail. (CBC)

Wilbur Dedam, the former chief of Esgenoôpetit First Nation, will find out Friday if he'll be granted bail on sex charges.      

Dedam, 56, was arrested last week. He faces six charges in relation to alleged sex offences against three women between 1977 and 1985, including sexual assault and having sex with a female under the age of 14.

He appeared in Miramichi provincial court Tuesday for a bail hearing.

Judge Geri Mahoney has ordered a publication ban, which prevents reporting any information that could identify the alleged victims.

Dedam remains in custody.

RCMP say there could be other potential victims and the investigation is ongoing.

Esgenoôpetitj First Nation, in northeastern New Brunswick, was formerly known as Burnt Church. Dedam was chief at Burnt Church when tensions arose over aboriginal fishing rights in 2000.

He is a candidate in the current election taking place at Esgenoôpetitj.