A North Kentville man accused of manufacturing and possessing child pornography has retained a lawyer.
Jason Troy Pitts, 38, who has twice fired his public defender, indicated during his last court appearance that he was in the process of closing an estate and was planning on using the funds from the sale to retain legal counsel.
At an April 14 appearance in Kentville provincial court, Pitts told Judge Alan Tufts that the sale of his house was almost complete and that he was waiting for a letter from the bank.
Thomas Singleton, a Halifax-based lawyer, is scheduled to represent Pitts.
Pitts’ legal matter has been dragging through the court system since his arrest two years ago. Preliminary dates of Sept. 3 and 4, 2014, which were set by Judge Tufts at a previous court appearance, will remain the same.
A status update has been set for May 26 in Kentville.
In addition to being charged with manufacturing and possessing child pornography, Pitts has also been charged with a count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault in Kentville between June 19, 2011 and Jan. 3, 2012, plus an additional 18 counts of conspiring with other online users to commit sexual assault on a child in Kentville between June 18 and Sept. 6, 2011. He is also charged with possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography, images and videos, in Kentville on Dec. 14, 2011.
Pitts was arrested on Feb. 29, 2012 following a police raid on his Kentville residence.