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Duane Alan Rhyno charged with human trafficking
01 October 2014
A Nova Scotia lawyer has been charged with human trafficking and sexual
Duane Alan Rhyno, 46, was arrested by Kings District RCMP after a
The Lower Sackville lawyer came under investigation in July, RCMP said.
“During the investigation, evidence was found to support human
trafficking and prostitution-related offences involving a 46-year-old
male suspect and a 26-year-old female victim,” said Insp. Chris
• Rhyno is charged with:
• One count of human trafficking
• One count of financial gain from human trafficking
• One count of aiding and abetting prostitution
• One count of living off the avails of prostitution
• One count of sexual assault
None of the charges have been tested in court. Rhyno was scheduled to
appear at Kentville Provincial Court Wednesday.
brushes with the law
The Nova Scotia Barristers Society is investigating the case. Executive
Director Darrel Pink said the society's main concern is ensuring
there's no risk to the public or any of Rhyno's clients.
"When a lawyer is charged with a criminal offence, the society will
obtain information about the matter and determine whether there is a
public risk or interest requiring further investigation or action on
our part," Pink said.
"It's also important to remember that anyone accused of a crime is
entitled to the presumption of innocence unless they are proven guilty
in a court of law. Our immediate concern, while Mr. Rhyno remains in
custody, is management of his client files."
The society has twice disciplined Rhyno for professional misconduct for
the way he handled his law practice.
Rhyno has been convicted for breathalyzer offences. But he also beat
two charges for driving under the influence, because they took too long
to get to trial.