An Ontario man will stand trial in October on sex-related charges involving a 15-year-old girl who had been forced into prostitution in Halifax.
Police allege Paul Christopher Coburn, 47, paid to have sex with the girl in February 2017 at a hotel in Halifax after responding to an ad on Backpage.com.
Coburn was living in Maryland at the time and working as a financial adviser.
He was arrested entering the country at the Toronto airport last July and brought to Nova Scotia to face charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, obtaining sexual services from a person under the age of 18 for consideration, choking and assault.
The Crown consented to Coburn's release a week later on a $75,000 recognizance. He’s now living in Oakville, Ont., and is prohibited from travelling to the United States.
Coburn had elected to be tried by a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge alone. A preliminary inquiry was supposed to be held in Halifax provincial court in late April but defence lawyer Joel Pink got it adjourned so he could discuss a possible resolution with the Crown.
Last month, Pink announced his client was re-electing to be tried in provincial court and entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf.
Judge Amy Sakalauskas docketed the matter for trial Oct. 29 and 30.
The complainant’s identity is protected by a publication ban. Coburn is banned from having any contact with the girl or Leeanthon Oliver, her alleged pimp.
Oliver, 33, of Upper Hammonds Plains, befriended the Pictou County girl on social media and brought her to the Halifax area, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her and forced her to give men sex for money.
Oliver was arrested in February 2017 and faces more than 20 charges concerning two 15-year-old girls, including human trafficking and sexual assault. He has not applied for bail and is awaiting a preliminary inquiry.