Nova Scotia

Dartmouth coach facing sex charges released on bail

A Dartmouth, N.S., volleyball coach facing several sex-related charges involving a teenager was released Tuesday on $5,000 bail and several conditions.

A Dartmouth, N.S., volleyball coach facing several sex-related charges involving a teenager was released Tuesday on $5,000 bail and several conditions.

Joseph Emile "Luc" Potvin, 53, who appeared in Dartmouth provincial court, is charged with sexual assault, production, distribution and possession of child pornography, sexual exploitation and luring a child.

All the alleged offences involve the same 17-year-old victim and took place between February 2010 and this month. The details of the case are under a publication ban.

"We can't talk about any of the evidence that was called, we can't talk about any of the evidence of the allegations," said Crown attorney Paul Carver.

"This is a matter that will now work its way through the court system."

Associate Chief Judge Pam Williams released Potvin — who also put up $45,000 as a security — with several conditions:

  • $5,000 cash bail.
  • No contact with the alleged victim or her family.
  • No contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless an adult is present.
  • Stay away from places frequented by people under 18 including schools, public parks, playgrounds and sports and recreation facilities.
  • Surrender cellphone, computer and passport.
  • No use of social media or electronic devices with anyone under the age of 18.
  • Abide by a curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Potvin will be back in court on Tuesday to enter a plea. He had been in custody since he was arrested on May 13.

He was a volleyball coach and referee for youth leagues in Dartmouth, most recently with the Metro Lakers Volleyball Club. Potvin also coached the girls' volleyball team at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth from September to November last year.

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