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John Leonard MacKean sentenced to 24 months in chained-teen case



ohn Leonard MacKean, of Lower Sackville, faces charges of sexual assault and communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18. CBC

ohn Leonard MacKean, of Lower Sackville, faces charges of sexual assault and communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18. CBC

A man convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy who was chained for days in a remote cabin in Nova Scotia has been sentenced in Bridgewater Supreme Court to 24 months in prison. 

Justice Richard Coughlan accepted the Crown's sentencing recommendation of 24 months for 65-year-old John Leonard MacKean, plus probation of three years.

MacKean, of Lower Sackville, was found guilty in March of sexual assault and communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18. He was 64 at the time of his conviction,

As Coughlan read the sentence, MacKean sat with his hands folded in front of his face. MacKean's daughter sobbed as her father was led away in handcuffs.

MacKean's crimes date back to September 2012, when a boy who was 16 at the time emerged half-naked from the woods. The boy said he been chained in a cabin and assaulted by three men.

David James Leblanc and Wayne Alan Cunningham fled to Ontario, where Cunningham died.  

Leblanc was returned to Nova Scotia, where he pleaded guilty to charges including sexual assault, kidnapping and forcible confinement. He's serving an 11-year prison sentence.

Both the defence and Crown agreed that supervision in the community after MacKean's release would be advisable. 

While on probation, MacKean must stay away from the teen boy and get psychological counselling. 

A 10-year weapons ban as well as a lifetime sex offender registry order have also been imposed on MacKean. He must also provide a DNA sample to authorities. 

Court heard that MacKean was invited to the cabin by Cunningham, who arranged for MacKean to sexually assault the boy, who can't be named to protect his identity.

MacKean had remained free on bail until his appearance for sentencing.

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