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'Behind bars:' Nova Scotia man charged with sexually assaulting children in Illinois

Robert J. Gould, 51, of Nova Scotia is being held in the McHenry Country Adult Correctional Facility in Illinois.

Robert J. Gould

McHenry County Sheriff's Office

Robert J. Gould

A Nova Scotia man is in custody in Illinois, accused of sexually assaulting children.

The McHenry County Sherriff’s Office said in a news release on Thursday that 51-year-old Robert J. Gould of Nova Scotia was “behind bars in the McHenry Country Adult Correctional Facility.”

Gould, who Nova Scotia RCMP say is from the Middle Musquodoboit area, has been charged with numerous counts of criminal sexual assault against minors.

The sheriff’s office said the charges stem from “incidents in April 2017 in Island Lake and unincorporated Woodstock” – both in Illinois.

Halifax Regional Police brought the case to the American authorities after they found information “concerning possible criminal activity which had taken place in Illinois,” and worked with the McHenry County Sherriff’s Office.

Gould was taken into custody somewhere in Canada on Sep. 1 and extradited to Boston, where U.S. Marshals and Massachusetts State Police took him into custody on Sep. 19.

Gould was brought to McHenry County on Wednesday, and he’s being held on a $500,000 bond. He’s expected in court on Oct. 23 to face four counts predatory criminal sexual assault of a child; six counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13; seven counts of criminal sexual assault of a victim under 18; one count of criminal sexual assault with force; and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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