Man charged with numerous sexual offences, police say there could be more victims


Police are reaching out to the public in the event there may be more victims of a man facing a number of sexual offences.

The RCMP were contacted on August 23rd and told a man approached a nine-year-old boy in the washroom of a store in Port Hawkesbury, forced him into a stall, and pulled the boy's pants down, but the child was able to get away and immediately told a family member what happened.

Police obtained a description of the suspect from witnesses and surveillance photos, and released the information to the public which led to the man being identified.

The RCMP also learned that a similar incident had occurred on August 19th in Sydney River.

On Tuesday, police executed a search warrant and arrested 49-year-old James Darren Peters of Lower L'Ardoise, who is charged with two counts of enticing a child from a parent, and one count each of sexual interference, unlawful confinement, sexual assault, and assault.

Peters was held in custody and appeared in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court yesterday, after which he was released by the court on strict conditions. 

The RCMP say Peters held a position in the community where he had access to youth, but have not specified what that was.