A convicted sex offender was found not guilty of sexually abusing a girl in Dartmouth for over three years.
James Michael Snow, 60, has been tried in Dartmouth Provincial Court for sexual assault, sexual dysfunction and solicitation of sexual contact.
Judge Frank Hoskins gave his verdict on Tuesday, saying the Crown had failed to unequivocally prove Snow’s guilt.
The judge said he would publish the “full reasons” for his decision by May.
The charges, filed in January 2019, involved a girl Snow knew. He was accused of harassing her multiple times in a dormitory between January 2015 and December 2017.
Snow was charged on bail in April 2020 and placed under house arrest at an address in Truro. His bail was revoked after he was arrested for allegedly exposing his genitals to a girl in the toy section of the Truro Walmart store on Jan. 16.
He will return to Truro Provincial Court on Wednesday on four charges related to the incident – one count for exposing a child on sexual grounds and three for violating the release policy. He remains in custody for these allegations.
Snow has two sexual assault convictions in 1989 and 2003 and one for exposing himself to children.
In 2003 he was sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a child in Hants County. The ruling also included a lifelong ban on visiting parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, schools and other places where children under the age of 14 are likely to be present.
In November 2017, Snow was convicted of exposing his genitals after being seen masturbating outside a window in his apartment on Maplehurst Drive in Dartmouth last February by children sledding. He was sentenced to prison and three years probation.
Following that hearing, Snow was arrested in Walton, Hants County in the 1980s and charged with sexually abusing girls and young women. He was also charged with 31 Prohibition Ordinance violations in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Milford between October 2016 and February 2017.
The accusation of violating the Prohibition Ordinance was suspended by the Krone in August 2018. Snow was later acquitted on sexual charges in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.