Blood Tribe bus driver charged with sex as­sault

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - SOUTH­ERN AL­BERTA NEWS­PA­PERS

A bus driver with the Blood Tribe Bus Co-op has been charged with sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence and as­sault.

The Blood Tribe Po­lice Ser­vice re­ported Nov. 30 that 54-year-old Ron­nie Stand­ing Alone was ar­rested, then re­leased on sev­eral con­di­tions. He is sched­uled to ap­pear in Card­ston pro­vin­cial court Dec. 10.

Po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent from which the charges arise and ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this or any other mat­ter to con­tact the Blood Tribe Po­lice Ser­vice at 403-7373800.

The Kainai Board of Ed­u­ca­tion also is­sued a state­ment Nov. 30.

“Ex­ist­ing in­for­ma­tion is that ac­cused acted alone and there are no other per­sons of in­ter­est,” it reads. “How­ever, KBE en­cour­ages any­one hav­ing knowl­edge of other po­ten­tial in­ci­dents to con­tact Blood Tribe Po­lice.”

With crim­i­nal charges laid, KBE is tak­ing the fol­low­ing steps: KBE con­tacted Blood Tribe Bus Co-op which has as­sured KBE the ac­cused is no longer trans­port­ing KBE stu­dents and that other mea­sures have been im­ple­mented to as­sure the safety of KBE stu­dents; KBE is pro­vid­ing coun­selling for stu­dents, their par­ents and other par­ties di­rectly af­fected; any par­ents of stu­dents wish­ing to speak to coun­sel­lors should con­tact Lau­retta Many Bears at 403-737-3966; and KBE is work­ing with its stake­hold­ers to re­tain an ex­pert to re­view all pro­ce­dures and then pro­vide a re­port on how to en­sure an in­ci­dent of this na­ture does not hap­pen again. The ex­pert re­port will be shared with Chief and Coun­cil and Blood Tribe Bus Coop, and KBE will re­port to par­ents and other mem­bers of the pub­lic in due course.

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