New Minas man pleads not guilty to sex charges

Kirk Starratt kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca
Published on January 7, 2014
Kentville Justice Centre

A Kings County man facing charges of sexual and indecent assault involving males has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial in April.

Jerry Howard Atwater, 73, now living in New Minas, pleaded not guilty Jan. 6 to a charge of indecently assaulting a male person in Wolfville between June 1, 1980, and Sept. 1, 1981; charges of sexual assault involving a male and failing to comply with probation. These charges stem from incidents alleged to have occurred in Port Williams July 23, 2013.

Atwater has elected provincial court. Judge Alan Tufts adjourned the matters to April 15 for trial.

Atwater pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault involving males Oct. 15, 2012. In February of last year, Judge Alan Tufts gave Atwater a two-month conditional sentence order with daily curfew and sentenced him to 22 months of probation. The court granted a primary DNA order against Atwater and imposed a 10-year Sex Offender Information Registration Act order against him.