August 14, 2014 11:25 am
Updated: August 14, 2014 12:04 pm

John Leonard MacKean, convicted in teen confinement case, dies in jail

John Leonard MacKean arrives at court in Bridgewater, N.S. on March 17, 2014.

Mike Dembeck/The Canadian Press

One of the men convicted in the case of a Nova Scotia teenage boy who was held captive and sexually assaulted has died in prison.

The Springhill Institution said John Leonard MacKean, 65, died Wednesday.

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MacKean was convicted in March and later sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy who testified he was blindfolded and chained to a bed during the ordeal at a remote cabin in Upper Chelsea in September 2012. He received an additional six months for communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from the boy.

He was also sentenced to three years’ probation after serving time in jail.

The boy told the trial he was blindfolded and chained to a bed when a man performed oral sex on him.

Outside court, Crown attorney Lloyd Tancock had described the case as being among the most disturbing of his career.

Another man accused in the case was sentenced last June to 11 years in prison.

David James LeBlanc pleaded guilty to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions.

Wayne Alan Cunningham, a third man involved in the case who had helped arrange the encounters at the cabin for MacKean, was found dead in northern Ontario in 2012 after fleeing Nova Scotia.

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