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Former Annapolis Valley tennis instructor denied bail on sex crime charges

Aaron Byron Cumberland in 2013.
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KENTVILLE, N.S. - A provincial court judge has denied bail to a former tennis instructor facing sex crime charges, who was arrested in the United States while under orders not to leave Nova Scotia.

Aaron Byron Cumberland, 27, had his original bail revoked last week, three months after being detained in Houlton, Maine, in May. He had been in custody in the United States, and then New Brunswick during the intervening time.

His lawyer sought to have him released on a new undertaking but Judge Chris Manning denied the request Sept. 5 in Kentville provincial court.

The arguments and the reasons Manning gave for denying bail cannot be published because of a publication ban.

Cumberland, 27, is facing three charges of internet luring and one each of invitation to sexual touching and making sexually explicit material available to a child.

Cumberland was detained by U.S. officials after crossing the U.S. border between New Brunswick and Maine, and pleaded guilty to illegally entering the United States.

His original release conditions required him to stay in Nova Scotia.

Cumberland was charged last November with five crimes involving three children in the Annapolis Valley.

He is scheduled for trial in Kentville in October on one count of internet luring, and has another trial set in Windsor in December on another luring charge.

He will also be in Windsor in December for a preliminary inquiry on charges of internet luring, invitation to sexual touching and making sexually explicit material available to a child.

All the allegations are dated between March of 2016 and November 2017. Police say they laid the charges after someone approached them with information in November.

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