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Another man arrested in Nova Scotia alleged confinement case

David James Leblanc, left, is taken from a RCMP aircraft in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Mr. Leblanc, is accused of sexually assaulting and confining a 16-year-old boy in Nova Scotia. A second man, who has not been identified, has also been charged and is due in court Nov. 20

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A 63-year-old man has been arrested in the investigation into the alleged sexual assault and confinement of a 16-year-old Nova Scotia boy.

RCMP Corporal Scott MacRae says the Nova Scotia man was arrested Monday evening in Fredericton.

Cpl. MacRae says he is due in Bridgewater provincial court today where he will face at least one charge.

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Cpl. MacRae declined to identify the accused until his arraignment.

Police launched an investigation in September after a woman in Upper Chelsea, N.S., reported that a frightened boy showed up at her doorstep seeking help.

The woman told police the boy was barefoot and chained at his wrists and ankles.

Officers later issued arrest warrants for David James Leblanc and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham.

Mr. Leblanc was arrested in northern Ontario after police received a report of a man wandering without shoes and wearing light clothing in near-freezing temperatures. He was flown to Halifax after receiving medical treatment.

Mr. Cunningham's body was found near where Mr. Leblanc was arrested. Foul play was not suspected in his death.

Mr. Leblanc faces seven charges, including sexual assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and administering a noxious substance with intent to cause bodily harm. He is in custody and due to return to Bridgewater provincial court Dec. 19.

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