Youth respite worker facing additional sexual assault charges

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
August 11, 2017 - 4:07pm

LETHBRIDGE – An adjournment has been granted to a 27-year old man, as he faces new charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

The man – who cannot be identified under a court imposed publication ban – was initially accused of those offences against a single young person with developmental disabilities in February.

The additional charges pertain to another three alleged victims, prompting the defence to request more time to review the new disclosure in the case.

The man was terminated from Palliser Regional Schools, after the division learned of the charges in February, however, Coaldale RCMP stated that there was no evidence to indicate any of the offences occurred at the school where the man worked.

Crown prosecutor, Lisa Weich, noted that the man’s release conditions have also been amended, allowing him to have contact with several children, after a group of their parents made the request.

Prior to the new charges coming before the court, the man had entered a not guilty plea and had made an election of trial by judge alone.

The case will be back in court Aug. 25.

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