Preliminary hearing date set for teacher charged with child luring

A Sydney high school teacher has chosen to be tried by a judge and jury on child luring charges involving two girls, ages 16 and 17. A preliminary hearing date has now been set for James David Pentecost.

James David Pentecost, of Westmount, has elected trial by judge and jury

Pentecost was teaching math at Sydney Academy until shortly before his arrest, but has now been ordered to stay away from the province's high schools. (Google Maps)

A high school teacher in Cape Breton has elected trial by Supreme Court judge and jury on charges of child luring.

The charges against 40-year-old James David Pentecost of Westmount involve two girls, aged 16 and 17.

Pentecost was teaching math at Sydney Academy until shortly before he was arrested in June.

The offences are alleged to have happened between Feb. 28 and June 10, 2017.

He will return to court April 16, 2018, for a preliminary hearing.

Pentecost is not in custody. He must follow a number of court-ordered conditions.

They include that he not have contact with the alleged victims, not be within 150 metres of any high school in the province and not communicate with anyone under the age of 18 through social media or other electronic devices.