Trial date set in Nova Scotia chained teen case

David James LeBlanc



BRIDGEWATER, NS - David James Leblanc, accused of kidnapping a teen boy from the streets of Halifax and raping him in a ramshackle Nova Scotia cabin, will face trial next spring.

Seven days have been set aside for the jury trial, starting March 3.

Leblanc faces seven charges including sexual assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement.

The 16-year-old boy told police he was chained up and raped by two men for 10 days last September before he managed to escape half naked to a neighbour's house.

Leblanc's partner, Wayne Alan Cunningham, was also accused of the crimes when the pair led police on a chase spanning four provinces.

Cunningham's body was found on a logging road outside of Thunder Bay, Ont. Leblanc was arrested nearby.

Leblanc was out on bail awaiting trial on previous charges of sexually assaulting pre-schoolers at the time of the alleged teen kidnapping.

He is in protective custody in prison.

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