A former Hopedale Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer is going to trial on child luring charges in June in Happy Valley-Goose Bay court. The charges against Ian Kaulback had previously been stayed in Feb. 2017 when a judge ruled his charter rights had been violated.
Judge John Joy determined Kaulback’s charter rights had been violated due to an unreasonable amount of time to go to trial. That ruling was unanimously overturned by the Court of Appeal in February of this year and Kaulback was ordered to stand trial.
He pleaded not guilty in Happy Valley-Goose Bay court on March 12 to two counts of unlawfully luring a child under the age of 16 by means of a computer system. A five day trial is scheduled for June 18 to June 22. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for April 2.
Kaulback was arrested for an alleged child luring Feb. 8, 2013 — an investigation which was handed over to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and took 10 months to analyze evidence and file a report. He pleaded not guilty at the time. He was charged with a second count of child luring July 9, 2014.
The decision to stay the charges against Kaulback was based on the controversial Jordan principle, which sets out a reasonable period of time for an accused person to go to trial.