Sex ex­ploita­tion case ad­journed to Jan­uary

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

The pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for a Ray­mond school teacher ac­cused of hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ac­tions with a fe­male stu­dent isn’t ex­pected to con­clude un­til early in the new year.

The hear­ing for Jen­try Jack Salmon had to be ad­journed Wed­nes­day af­ter it be­came ev­i­dent tes­ti­mony by Crown wit­nesses would ex­tend beyond the two days sched­uled for the mat­ter.

Only three of the Crown’s seven wit­nesses had tes­ti­fied by the end of the day Wed­nes­day, and ev­i­dence pro­vided by the third wit­ness, the com­plainant in the case, had to be cut short. Her tes­ti­mony is sched­uled to con­tinue Oct. 24 fol­lowed by the re­main­der of the pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing Jan. 8 and 11, 2018.

Salmon, 34, is charged with two counts of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion. He is ac­cused of hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ac­tions with the stu­dent through text mes­sages and en­gag­ing in in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­duct out­side of school.

The ac­cused was sus­pended from teach­ing at Ray­mond High School last Oc­to­ber fol­low­ing the al­le­ga­tions and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the West­wind School Di­vi­sion. RCMP charged Salmon on Feb. 17.

Salmon has pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected to be tried by a Court of Queen's Bench judge and jury. He was pre­vi­ously re­leased on a re­cog­ni­zance and or­dered not to have any con­tact with the com­plainant.

An RCMP foren­sic ex­pert tes­ti­fied Tues­day, fol­lowed Wed­nes­day by the school’s rugby coach and the com­plainant. The com­plainant’s ev­i­dence was given be­hind closed doors af­ter the judge cleared the court­room.

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