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Assaulted teen blindfolded

A teenager testified Tuesday that he was blindfolded and his hands and feet were chained to a bed when he was sexually assaulted by a man at a remote cabin in Nova Scotia.

The youth was called to the witness stand by the Crown at the jury trial of John Leonard MacKean, who has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18.

The youth, now 17, identified a small black sleeping mask and a blanket with wolves on it as items that were at the scene where he says he was sexually assaulted in September 2012.

Crown prosecutor Lloyd Tancock asked him what took place at the cabin in Lunenburg County, about 130 kilometres southwest of Halifax.

"I was raped," he told the province's Supreme Court in Bridgewater. He later specified that a man he could not see performed oral sex on him as he cried, unable to move.

The youth said he is certain the man was not one of two other men accused in the case, one of whom was later convicted. He said that is because he was able to determine from a limited view beneath the sleeping mask that was used to blindfold him that the perpetrator was a balding, heavy-set man who wore glasses.

The youth, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, repeatedly wiped away tears during his testimony.

At one point, Tancock asked him to demonstrate how the sleeping mask was worn. He declined.

"I would not like to do that," he said.

Earlier Tuesday, Tancock said in his opening statement that he will introduce DNA evidence along with text messages between the accused and one of the men who kept the youth confined in the cabin.

MacKean, 64, was arrested in November 2012 at a Fredericton hotel and released on bail.

Last June, David James LeBlanc was sentenced in the case to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions.

An agreed statement of facts in LeBlanc's case said he offered the boy a painting job and drove him in a van from Halifax to Lunenburg County in September 2012 on the pretext of picking up painting supplies.

The boy later escaped and a woman reported seeing a barefoot teenager at her doorstep, chained at his wrists and ankles.

LeBlanc was arrested in northern Ontario in September 2012 after a Canada-wide manhunt. At the time, police were also searching for 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham, whose body was later found near the area where LeBlanc was arrested. Foul play was not suspected in his death.

The Canadian Press


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