Man charged with confining, assaulting boy to plead guilty next week: lawyer

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HALIFAX - The lawyer for a man accused of confining and sexually assaulting a teenage boy at a home in rural Nova Scotia says his client will plead guilty to some charges in the case.

Mike Taylor said in an interview today that David James Leblanc will enter guilty pleas on a number of charges when he appears next Thursday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater.

Taylor declined to specify which charges Leblanc intends to plead guilty to, but he said the matter would be finalized when the pleas are entered.

Taylor said the remaining charges would be dropped by the Crown, likely during sentencing about two or three weeks after Leblanc pleads.

Leblanc faces seven charges in relation to the alleged incident last fall in Upper Chelsea, about 130 kilometres southwest of Halifax.

Those charges include sexual assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and kidnapping.

Taylor said Leblanc will also enter guilty pleas next Thursday in an unrelated case in which he faces charges of making pornography and sexually assaulting two young boys.

Taylor said his client will be sentenced on both matters simultaneously.

He said the defence and the Crown will submit a joint sentencing recommendation, but he wouldn't elaborate on what kind of prison term he is seeking.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Bridgewater Upper Chelsea

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