Thursday, October 27, 2016

Former Owen Sound teacher found guilty of sex charge

OWEN SOUND - A former Grey Highlands football coach and teacher was found guilty of one count of sexual exploitation after a nearly two-week jury trial in the Superior Court of Justice in Cobourg, Ont.

Matthew Dale Palmer, 49, of the Owen Sound area was found guilty on Oct. 21 of sexual exploitation of a teenaged girl between Sept. 1, 1996 and July 4, 1999 in the Cobourg area. Sentencing is to be carried out Jan. 27.

The Criminal Code considers sexual exploitation the sexual touching of a youth by a person in a position of trust or authority. The one-year mandatory minimum sentence for this offence doesn't apply because the offence dates predate the minimum sentence's introduction.

Another sexual exploitation charge, with the same dates and location, remains outstanding. Court staff had no further information about it.  (more...)


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