Chipman’s Corner man on trial for child-luring charges

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Kentville Justice Centre

A Chipman’s Corner man facing two charges related to using a computer system to lure a child will be back in court in October for his trial continuation.

David Frederick Ball, 67, is charged with using a computer system to communicate with a person under the age of 18 years for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence contrary to Section 163.1 of the Criminal Code. This section of the Criminal Code involves child pornography.

Ball is charged also with using a computer system to communicate with a person under the age of 18 years for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence contrary to Section 152 of the Criminal Code. This section of the Criminal Code involves invitation to sexual touching.

Ball elected trial by judge and jury last September and the matters were adjourned to January for a preliminary inquiry. However, Ball re-elected to provincial court and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The accused was present in Kentville provincial court for trial on Aug. 13. Evidence was heard and exhibits entered. The matters have been adjourned to Oct. 20 and 23 for the trial continuation.

The court has ordered a publication ban to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

The charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred in Chipman’s Corner between May 1, 2011 and Aug. 10, 2013 and in New Minas between May 1, 2011 and Aug. 10, 2013.

Geographic location: Chipman, Kentville, New Minas

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