CBE suspends teacher accused of sexual assault
Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012 12:22PM MST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:28PM MST
Calgary police arrested a local teacher after they received a tip from a third party alleging she was in an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old boy at the same school.
The woman in her 40s was arrested on Tuesday and released on a promise to appear for charges of sexual interference with a child and sexual assault.
The incident came to the attention of police in early November 2012 and parents of students at the school are being notified by the CBE.
Police are not releasing the identity of the teacher in order to protect the identity of the victim and a key witness and say that they do not believe there are any other alleged victims.
"There is no consensual aspect to this relationship. The nature of the charges speak to that a youth can not consent. She is in a position of authority so in terms of the law it cannot be consensual," said CPS S/Sgt. Kelly Campbell.
Police say the relationship has been going on for about a year and that the victim is cooperating with them.
The Calgary Board of Education released a statement about the teacher's arrest saying:
The Calgary Board of Education immediately removed a teacher from the workplace who has been released by the Calgary Police Service on a promise to appear for charges of sexual interference with a child and sexual assault.
The CBE is co-operating fully with the police investigation. The police have advised they believe there is one alleged victim.
In a circumstance like this, the primary concern of the CBE is the safety of students. Given the nature of the alleged incident, the police are engaged and the teacher is immediately removed from the workplace pending the outcome of investigations.
The CBE has a critical incident response team. The team is supporting the school community where the teacher worked.
As this is subject to a police investigation, the CBE cannot offer additional comment at this time.
Police say the woman is not known to them and that she will appear in court to answer to the charges on Monday, January 28, 2013.