January 9, 2019 4:22 pm
Updated: January 9, 2019 9:08 pm

Halifax police charge Dartmouth man in connection with historic sexual assault case

On Tuesday, police arrested Donald Duane Bartlett, 50, at an address in Dartmouth without incident.

Halifax Regional Police

Halifax Regional Police have charged a Dartmouth, N.S., man with a criminal history of sexual offences against children, in connection with a series of sexual assault cases that occurred in Dartmouth over a six-year period.

In August 2018, police received a report related to incidents of sexual assault that occurred between 1986 and 1992.

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Police say their suspect and the alleged victim, who was a youth at the time, were known to each other.

On Tuesday, investigators arrested Donald Duane Bartlett, 50, at an address in Dartmouth without incident.

Bartlett is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on Wednesday to face 12 counts of sexual assault and 12 counts of sexual interference.

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Bartlett was released from a federal penitentiary in August after completing a sentence for distribution of child pornography, printing/publishing child pornography, possession of child pornography and counselling another person to commit an indictable offence that was not committed.

In August, Halifax Regional Police said that Bartlett had a criminal record that includes convictions for sexual offences against children.

He has been assessed as a high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner.

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As part of his release, Bartlett was sentenced to a long-term supervision order. That means he was under a number of strict conditions, including:

  • Not attend a public park or public swimming area where a person under the age of 16 is present or can reasonably be expected to be present, or a day care centre, school ground, playground or community centre.
  • Not have any contact, including communicating by any means, with a person who is under the age of 16 unless the offender does so under the supervision of a person whom the court considers appropriate.
  • Using the internet or other digital network unless the offender does so in accordance with conditions set by the court.

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