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Man pleads guilty in confinement case

A 48-year-old man accused of confining and sexually assaulting a teenage boy at a home in rural Nova Scotia has pleaded guilty to five charges in the case.

David James LeBlanc appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court today in Bridgewater, where he pleaded guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions.

Two other charges, sexual assault causing bodily harm and administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm, were withdrawn.

LeBlanc was charged after a woman reported in September that a barefoot teenager arrived at her home in Upper Chelsea, about 130 kilometres southwest of Halifax, chained at his wrists and ankles.

At the time, the RCMP said they believe the 16-year-old was held captive for 10 to 14 days before he was able to escape.

LeBlanc also pleaded guilty today to making and distributing child pornography as well as sexual interference in a separate case involving two boys, aged five and two.

Crown attorney Lloyd Tancock says he will seek between eight to 12 years in prison during a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 14.

The Canadian Press


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