‘IT FELT VERY UN­SAFE’

Woman ac­cuses former mu­sic teacher of in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY

Woman ac­cuses former mu­sic teacher of in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship

WARN­ING: GRAPHIC CON­TENT

A woman tes­ti­fied in court Fri­day that her former Char­lot­te­town mu­sic teacher reg­u­larly kissed her on the mouth and “di­rected’’ her to touch his pe­nis or watch him mas­tur­bate on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

Roger James Jabbour is on trial on two counts of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

The woman, now 44, told the court while she was a band stu­dent at Colonel Gray high school in the early 1990s, Jabbour would fre­quently have in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tact with her in his of­fice.

She said he be­gan by first ca­ress­ing her back and hair but even­tu­ally pro­gressed to kiss­ing her on the cheeks and then on her lips.

“I do re­mem­ber his tongue in my mouth,’’ she said.

The woman said Jabbour also mas­tur­bated in front of her and even put his hand on her hand to “teach me how it’s done’’. She re­calls Jabbour ejac­u­lat­ing on at least one oc­ca­sion.

She told the court she was too in­tim­i­dated by Jabbour to tell any­one about what he was do­ing.

She noted he had an ex­plo­sive tem­per that saw him throw­ing chairs and de­mean­ing stu­dents when he felt they did not mea­sure up.

The woman said Jabbour would take her in his of­fice and lock the door be­fore mak­ing his ad­vances.

“I felt very un­safe,’’ she tes­ti­fied.

“It was an awk­ward sit­u­a­tion… I feel he took away my youth and in­no­cence.’’

She never felt she was in a po­si­tion to re­ject Jabbour’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions be­cause he was in a po­si­tion of au­thor­ity and she was a stu­dent – his mu­sic stu­dent.

“I feared ret­ri­bu­tion,’’ she told the court.

“I just had a sense I needed to en­dure this.’’

The com­plainant said Jabbour ges­tured her to re­main quiet one time in his locked of­fice when his wife knocked on the door. The in­ci­dent, she tes­ti­fied, seemed to make Jabbour giddy over the thrill of not get­ting caught.

She said Jabbour also would have in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tact with her in his car.

The com­plainant said Jabbour turned to her as his con­fi­dante, telling her how he was unattracted to his wife, who was

in the court­room Fri­day.

She would be in Jabbour’s of­fice on av­er­age four times a week, she told the court, “for con­ver­sa­tion or more.’’

The woman tes­ti­fied that she told Jabbour on or near her grad­u­a­tion day in 1992 that she never wanted to see him again or to hear from him.

“I re­mem­ber feel­ing like I had just got­ten out of jail,’’ she said.

Jabbour’s lawyer Joel Pink, how­ever, pro­duced sev­eral letters that the woman wrote to Jabbour in the months af­ter her 1992 grad­u­a­tion, in­clud­ing one dated Sept. 14, 1995.

She was told to read out the letters, which were all friendly in na­ture, in court.

In one let­ter, she wrote that she had been think­ing about Jabbour a lot and of­fered to “take you away to a nice restau­rant.’’

She was re­minded that she had told a de­tec­tive who in­ves­ti­gated her al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion at the hands of Jabbour that she spent the years fol­low­ing her grad­u­a­tion won­der­ing if she would punch Jabbour if she ever came across him again.

“I don’t re­call hav­ing con­tin­ued con­tact with him,’’ she tes­ti­fied.

“I don’t re­call writ­ing these letters.’’

How­ever, she ac­knowl­edged the letters were clearly writ­ten by her.

The trial re­sumes Mon­day, when Chief Pro­vin­cial Court Judge Nancy Orr is ex­pected to rule on the ad­mis­si­bil­ity of whether some ev­i­dence from Jabbour’s re­cent pre­vi­ous trial can be en­tered in this trial.

Jabbour was found guilty in Septem­ber of three sex of­fences in­volv­ing former stu­dents. Pink is ex­pected to ar­gue in court on Nov. 2 that the manda­tory min­i­mum sen­tence of one year in jail Jabbour is fac­ing is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Roger Jabbour

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