Former N.S. teacher pleads guilty to sexual abuse dating back decades

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A former teacher and hockey coach has pleaded guilty to 35 counts of sexually abusing boys in Nova Scotia in incidents dating back several decades.

Sixty-seven-year-old Michael Patrick McNutt entered the plea today in relation to 34 victims during a telephone hearing in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

McNutt was arrested in January 2019 as part of a police investigation that began in October 2016 after several complainants came forward with allegations they had been sexually abused by teachers and coaches in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Halifax man had been facing a total of 95 charges involving 35 complainants, and the new single indictment is the result of extensive negotiations between the Crown and defence.

McNutt pleaded guilty to 10 charges of sexual assault, 20 charges of indecent assault and five counts of gross indecency.

A hearing has been set for July 15 to settle a dispute over facts pertaining to one of the complainants, and Justice Jamie Campbell scheduled a two-day sentencing hearing for Aug. 10-11 and has imposed a publication ban on the identity of all of the complainants.