Myles Nelson Payne

A convicted pedophile from Halifax has been ordered to stand trial on allegations that he molested a girl in the 1980s.

A preliminary inquiry was held Tuesday in Halifax provincial court for Myles Nelson Payne, 49.

The only person to testify during the full-day hearing was the complainant, who’s now in her 30s.

She alleges that she was sexually abused between January 1982 and June 1989.

After hearing the evidence, Judge Marc Chisholm ordered Payne to stand trial in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on charges of indecent assault and sexual assault.

He will appear in Supreme Court in Halifax on June 7 to begin the process of setting dates for his trial by judge alone.

Payne was released from prison on statutory parole in March 2011, after serving two-thirds of a 59-month sentence for crimes against four children. He’s living at a halfway house on College Street in Halifax under strict supervision.

Police arrested Payne last May after three women alleged that they had been molested by him when they were children. He was released on an undertaking to have no contact with the women.

Payne is scheduled to have another preliminary inquiry Wednesday on charges of sexually assaulting the other two girls. Those offences are alleged to have been committed between 1993 and 1998.

The Parole Board of Canada, in a decision released last year, said Payne had completed a sex-offender program twice while in prison but was still considered a high risk to reoffend.

Payne’s record of sex offences goes back more than 30 years.

He was sentenced in October 1981 to 90 days in a provincial jail for indecently assaulting two young girls.

In December 1999, he got a one-year conditional sentence for sexually assaulting a woman.

In July 2005, he received two years in prison and three years’ probation for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl he was babysitting.

The board said Payne is unable to control his emotions around children, prefers their company to adults and continues to blame his young victims.

(sbruce@herald.ca)

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