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Convicted sex offender from N.S. facing 40 new charges involving young kids

Callum Smith / Global News

A convicted sex offender from Nova Scotia is facing 40 new charges involving young kids that span a timeframe from 1984 to 1998.

In a release, the RCMP said  on Jan. 18 they received a report of a historical sexual assault involving a victim who was a young child at the time.

Following the report, police said they began a months-long investigation and identified four more victims who had been sexually assaulted as young children by the same person.

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On Thursday, the RCMP said James Michael Snow, 60, of Salmon River had been charged with over 40 offences, including sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching, gross indecency and prostitution of a person under the age of 18.

The RCMP said Snow was taken into custody and will appear in Windsor provincial court on July 13.

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“The investigation is continuing, and investigators believe that there may be more victims,” police said.

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Snow, formerly of Halifax, has been charged with similar offences in the past. In January 2019, he was arrested and charged for sexually assaulting a child over a three-year period.

He was also convicted in 2003 of sexually assaulting a child, and was arrested in February 2017 after a group of children reported seeing him perform an indecent act in Dartmouth.

According to the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, Snow has the following convictions, which have offence dates ranging from 1991 to 2017:

  • Exposing genital organs to a person under the age of 14 years
  • Sexual assault
  • Breach of probation
  • Selling to, supplying or procuring liquor for person under 19 years of age – LCA 89(1) – offence date of 1991
  • Operating a motor vehicle, vessel, or aircraft or railway equipment while disqualified – offence date of 1991
  • Refusal to take a breathalyzer test
  • Mischief (two counts)
  • MVA 64 – operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s licence and without the proper class of driver’s licence for the type of vehicle

He is also scheduled to be in Truro Supreme Court on June 29 for a hearing to set a trial date on four pending charges, including failing to comply with a condition and exposing his genital organs to a person under the age of 14 years.

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