A 39-year-old teacher at North­east Kings Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre (NKEC) in Can­ning who is fac­ing sex-re­lated charges has been re­leased from cus­tody.

David Har­ri­son, of Canaan, was present in Kentville provin­cial court in cus­tody on Nov. 21. Fol­low­ing a bail hear­ing, he was re­leased on a $3,000, non-cash re­cog­ni­zance with a surety and con­di­tions. His mat­ters have been ad­journed to Dec. 18 for plea. Judge Ronda Van Der Hoek has or­dered a pub­li­ca­tion ban to pro­tect the iden­tity of the al­leged vic­tim.

Har­ri­son is charged with sex­ual as­sault; touch­ing the body of a young per­son who he was in a po­si­tion of trust or author­ity to­ward for a sex­ual pur­pose and child lur­ing — specif­i­cally, us­ing a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice to com­mu­ni­cate with a per­son be­lieved to be un­der the age of 18 for the pur­pose of fa­cil­i­tat­ing an of­fence un­der Sec­tion 153.1 of the Crim­i­nal Code. This sec­tion of the code re­lates to sex­ual touch­ing.

Charges against Har­ri­son have not been proven in court. It’s al­leged that he com­mit­ted the of­fences in Kings County be­tween Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 28, 2015.

Har­ri­son’s re­lease con­di­tions in­clude hav­ing no di­rect or indi­rect con­tact or com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the al­leged vic­tim. He is not to be within 25 me­tres of the res­i­dence, place of em­ploy­ment or school of the al­leged vic­tim. Har­ri­son is to re­port by tele­phone to the New Mi­nas RCMP ev­ery Fri­day and he is to have no con­tact with any­one un­der the age of 18, with the ex­cep­tion of fam­ily mem­bers or when ac­com­pa­nied or su­per­vised by an­other adult age 21 or older.

NKEC prin­ci­pal Kevin Veinot sent a no­tice to par­ents and guardians re­gard­ing the sit­u­a­tion on Nov. 21. In the no­tice, he states that school ad­min­is­tra­tion has been in­formed by the RCMP that they have laid charges against Har­ri­son, who ac­cord­ing to an on­line staff list­ing, teaches Grade 11 Math, Grade 11 and 12 PreCal­cu­lus and Grade 12 Cal­cu­lus.

“We know no fur­ther de­tails than what has been shared by the RCMP,” Veinot stated in the no­tice. “We rec­og­nize at this time the RCMP and the le­gal sys­tem are deal­ing with this sit­u­a­tion.”

The no­tice states that Har­ri­son has been placed on leave and all ap­pro­pri­ate poli­cies and pro­ce­dures are be­ing fol­lowed.

Veinot said their pri­mary con­cern is the safety and well-be­ing of their stu­dents and the school ad­min­is­tra­tion un­der­stands that this sit­u­a­tion may be dif­fi­cult for the school com­mu­nity. The school’s coun­selling staff is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing stu­dents in the best way pos­si­ble.

Veinot said that par­ents or guardians con­cerned with how a child is han­dling this news can call him at 902-582-2040.

Ac­cord­ing to a Nov. 21 news re­lease is­sued by the RCMP, this past July, the com­plainant, who was 16 years old when the al­leged in­ci­dents be­gan, con­tacted po­lice.

The RCMP Tech­no­log­i­cal Crime Unit as­sisted with an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and were able to re­cover ev­i­dence that sup­ports the com­plainant’s al­le­ga­tions.

The RCMP ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at Har­ri­son’s home on Nov. 20 and ar­rested him. Har­ri­son was re­manded into cus­tody pend­ing his ini­tial court ap­pear­ance on Nov. 21.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about these in­ci­dents is asked to con­tact the Kings District RCMP at 902-679-5555. Should you wish to re­main anony­mous, call Nova Sco­tia Crime Stop­pers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477). Se­cure web tips can be sub­mit­ted at www.crimestop­pers.ns.ca or use the P3 Tips App.

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