The principal at Avon View High School in Windsor has been released on bail again, after breaching earlier bail conditions. (CBC)

An Annapolis Valley high school principal charged with sex crimes who now faces a charge of having contact with a Crown witness in his case was released on bail again Wednesday.

Doug Keyes, the principal at Avon View High School in Windsor, was released on a $10,000 surety and ordered to live with his elderly mother in Lunenburg County.

Defence lawyer Joel Pink told the court that Keyes' father died a few weeks ago, and he needs to be with his 77-year-old mother who is now living alone.

Last Thursday, Keyes was arrested and charged with breaching an undertaking of his earlier bail conditions.

Keyes, 51, was originally released with an order to stay away from both the complainant and eight other Crown witnesses. The Crown is alleging that Keyes breached that order by meeting with a witness in a Halifax hotel last week.

Keyes must observe a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. He is only allowed to use a computer for banking purposes.

He is facing 10 charges including sexual assault, sexual touching and breach of trust. He is also charged with using a computer system with intent to commit an offence and producing a false document.

All the charges relate to one complainant — a young man who contacted police in November, alleging he was victimized by Keyes in 1998.

Keyes is currently on paid administrative leave until the case is heard. He is scheduled to be back in Windsor provincial court on March 27.

Keyes, of Gypsum Mines, became principal at the school in August 2009.