Nova Scotia man guilty in confinement case gets 11 years in prison

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – A 48-year-old man who kidnapped a teenage boy from the streets of Halifax and held him against his will in a cabin for a week where he repeatedly sexually assaulted him was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison.

David James LeBlanc pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping a 16-year-old boy and keeping him captive last September.

During LeBlanc’s sentencing hearing Friday, the boy’s mother read two victim impact statements today — one from her and one on behalf of her son.

“You have robbed me of my son … and made a hole in my heart,” she said.

“You have no idea what it is like to look on the face of my son … and see nothing but a shell of his former self.”

She told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater that her boy has been scarred both physically and emotionally since the horrific incident.

“Let my son be the last victim ever,” she said, staring at LeBlanc across the courtroom.

Reading the victim impact statement from her son, she said, “You have no idea how painful it is to fall asleep while being chained.”

An agreed statement of facts says LeBlanc offered the boy a painting job and drove him from Halifax in a van to Lunenburg County on the pretext of going for painting supplies.

Instead, the boy was taken to a bedroom inside a cabin in Upper Chelsea, about 130 kilometres southwest of Halifax, where his clothes were taken and he was repeatedly sexually assaulted, the statement says.

During his captivity, the boy was “secured naked by chains attached to his wrists and ankles and in turn to bolts in both the floor and ceiling of a bedroom.”

LeBlanc pleaded guilty three weeks ago to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions. He also pleaded guilty to making and distributing child pornography as well as sexual interference in a separate case involving two boys, aged five and two.

Judge Richard Coughlan sentenced him on both matters. LeBlanc was given credit for 258 days he has served in custody prior to his trial, meaning he has about 10 years, 3 1/2 months left on his sentence.