Decision coming in July for former Port Williams man facing sex charges

Published on May 30, 2014
Kentville Justice Centre

The court will hand down a decision in July for a former Port Williams man facing charges of sexual and indecent assault involving males.

Jerry Howard Atwater, 73, now residing in New Minas, pleaded not guilty on Jan. 6 to a charge of indecently assaulting a male person in Wolfville between June 1, 1980 and Sept. 1, 1981; and to 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 on July 23, 2013.

The matters were adjourned for trial. Evidence was heard and exhibits were entered on April 15. The trial continued on May 27, with the court hearing further evidence and submissions.

The indecent assault charge was adjourned to July 21 for a decision. The sexual assault and probation charges have been adjourned to the same date for disposition.

Atwater pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault involving males in October 2012. In February 2013, Judge Alan Tufts handed 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 and imposed a 10-year Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA) order against Atwater.