Kevin Kelly, the former senior editor of the Newfoundland Herald, will stand trial in June on a charge of internet luring.
Defence lawyer Mike King had asked for the charge to be stayed on an argument that Kelly's Charter rights had been violated.
Court was told last summer that evidence connected with the police's seizure of Kelly's computer had been destroyed.
But Judge James Walsh has cleared the way for a provincial court trial that will start in June, and is expected to last two-and-a-half days.
Walsh said he is not ruling out a stay at a later time, but said he wants to see all the evidence presented at trial before he makes up his mind.
Kelly was charged in November 2012, and is accused of using the internet to lure a child under the age of 16.