Friday, October 23, 2015

Ex-teacher on trial for sexual assault and sexual interference

A former substitute teacher who was acquitted of allegations that he sexually touched his students is once again on trial for touching a child — this time the six-year-old daughter of an acquaintance.

Aleksandr Vladimirovich Plehanov is charged with one count each of sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under the age of 16. Final submissions in the case took place on Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. The trial began on Monday.

The alleged incident took place on Easter Sunday in 2013, as the girl and her family were leaving a holiday gathering in Surrey.

In a statement to police and then during her testimony at trial, the girl said that she was sitting in her booster seat in her family’s van when she spotted some Easter candy belonging to her brother on the ground.

She undid her seatbelt and retrieved the candy, but when she was heading back to the van she tripped. Plehanov — who was keeping an eye on the girl and her siblings — caught her and, the girl alleged, touched her hips, buttocks and her pelvic area.  (more...)

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