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Convicted sex offender dies in Dorchester Penitentiary while awaiting trial in Halifax


Donald Duane Bartlett faces 12 counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference, all involving a girl. - File
Donald Duane Bartlett died of natural causes Tuesday at Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick, according to the Correctional Service of Canada. - File

Convicted pedophile Donald Duane Bartlett, who was awaiting trial in Halifax on historical sex-related charges involving a girl, has died in a New Brunswick prison.

Bartlett, 51, died of natural causes Tuesday at Dorchester Penitentiary, the Correctional Service of Canada said in a news release.

He was being held in the prison’s medium-security section. The correctional service said it will review the circumstances of his death, as it does any time an inmate dies.

Bartlett had a history of sexually assaulting children as young as babies going back 30 years.

Halifax Regional Police issued an advisory about Bartlett when he was released from prison in August 2018 and moved to a halfway house in Dartmouth after serving a sentence for plotting with another man online to sexually abuse children.

Police said he was considered a high risk to reoffend and was subject to a 10-year, long-term supervision order with a number of strict conditions pertaining to children.

Bartlett was arrested in January 2019 and charged with 12 counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference. The offences were allegedly committed against a girl between November 1986 and December 1992 in Dartmouth, as well as in Hants and Cape Breton counties.

He was denied bail in Dartmouth provincial court in February 2019 and pleaded not guilty to the charges last August in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. He was supposed to have a judge-alone trial this October.

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