A Yellowknife judge has ordered the chief of Dettah to stand trial on a charge of sexual assault.

The territorial courtroom was packed Wednesday afternoon for Edward Sangris' preliminary inquiry.

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Ed Sangris, chief of Dettah, has elected to be tried by a judge and jury on a charge of sexual assault. (CBC)

He's accused of sexually assaulting a woman over a period of nine years, between 1986 and 1990 and between 1994 and 1996, in Dettah.

Any evidence, testimony or documents presented at the preliminary inquiry are under a publication ban but the judge determined that there was enough evidence to send Sangris to trial.

Sangris has decided to be tried by a judge and jury.

The case will now go to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories and a date will be set for his trial.