Female teachers facing sex accusations in B.C.

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Female teachers facing sex accusations in B.C.

 

Both cases involve students

 

Glenda Luymes, Canwest News Service

 

Published: Sunday, October 12, 2008

A British Columbia vice-principal has been charged with sexually assaulting one of her former students as it emerged that another female teacher in the province was under police investigation over an alleged sexual relationship with a student.

 

Deborah Ashton, the former vice-principal of Coldstream Elementary School near Vernon, appeared in provincial court Thursday to face charges of invitation to sexual touching, sexual assault and touching for sexual purposes of a person under 14 years.

 

The charges stem from three alleged incidents which occurred between 2002 and 2005, said Vernon RCMP Sgt. David Evans. Police opened their investigation after receiving a report from the school district in June, Evans said.

 

The age and identity of the alleged victim won’t be released, but Evans said police were not aware of any other potential victims.

 

RCMP in Burnaby, B.C., have also confirmed they are investigating reports of an improper sexual relationship between a female teacher at a private Catholic school and a Grade 11 student.

 

Cpl. Alexandra Mulvihill said police received a report from the principal of St. Thomas More Collegiate on Sept. 26.

 

“The investigation is still in the early stages,” she said.

 

Principal Darrell Hall said “a couple of students” came to him with reports of the alleged relationship, which may have occurred in the spring of 2008. The principal contacted police and the alleged victim’s parents, and met with the teacher involved.

 

“As you could imagine anyone would be, she was shocked, distraught,” he said when asked about the teacher’s response to the news.

 

The alleged victim’s parents were similarly upset.

 

“That’s the type of allegation no parent wants to hear,” he said.

 

The student involved remains at the school.

 

The teacher, who has been at the school for four years, is on leave as police conduct an investigation.

 

Back in Vernon, school superintendent Bob Peacock said the allegations against Ashton were “shocking” to everyone involved.

 

“We took immediate action to address it,” he said, adding Ashton is no longer teaching in the district.

 

B.C. College of Teachers spokesman Mykle Ludvigsen said a file has been started on both teachers to determine whether a formal investigation is needed into possible professional misconduct.

 

He said both teachers do not have a past discipline record.

 

 

 

© The Calgary Herald 2008

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