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Former N.S. paramedic convicted of sexually assaulting 72-year-old woman

KENTVILLE, N.S. - A former paramedic has been found guilty of sexually assaulting an elderly woman in her Nova Scotia home in 2013.However, Judge Claudine MacDonald found James Duncan Keats not guilty of a second charge of sexual assault in a matter involving the same woman in 2012.Keats was also acquitted of two counts of breach of trust at a hearing today in Kentville provincial court following a trial that began last September.Court heard that Keats sexually assaulted the woman, who was 71 years old at the time of the offence on May 26, 2013, after he and his partner responded to a call involving her husband at their home.In reading the facts of the case, MacDonald said Keats took the woman upstairs to her bedroom and had intercourse with her while colleagues attended to her husband downstairs.MacDonald found him not guilty of sexually assaulting the woman when she was being taken by ambulance to hospital the previous September, saying there were inconsistencies in her testimony.Keats, who is due to be sentenced in August, said nothing as he left court.

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