A judge has determined there is enough evidence to move ahead with the trial of a man accused of chaining and sexually assaulting a teenaged boy last fall in Lunenburg County.
Last September, a teenager showed up at a woman's home, wearing chains and asking for help. He claimed he’d been held against his will in another house in Upper Chelsea.
David James Leblanc faces seven charges including forcible confinement and sexual assault.
In January, Leblanc opted to have his case heard by judge and jury in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
Monday, Leblanc was taken into the courtroom in a wheelchair wearing camouflage pants and bright orange socks.
The court heard evidence that may be used at the trial. The details are protected under a publication ban.
A judge said there is enough evidence to proceed with seven charges against Leblanc. He'll appear in court again May 9. A trial date could be set at that time.
Another man wanted in the case, Wayne Alan Cunningham, died in Northern Ontario last fall during a national manhunt. Foul play was ruled out in his death. Leblanc was found nearby a few days later, wandering barefoot.
A third man – John Leonard MacKean – has also been charged with sexual assault and communicating for the purposes of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18.