Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Crown abandons appeal in Watrous-area teacher's sexual exploitation case

The Crown will not pursue its appeal of the acquittal of a high school teacher who was charged following a relationship with a former student.

Erin Osmond, 30, was found not guilty last year of sexual exploitation following a trial in Saskatoon. The charges related to a relationship with a 16-year-old boy in 2013 in the Watrous area.

The relationship started when the teen was a student and Osmond was a substitute teacher; they shared what the judge determined was a “goodbye” kiss on her last day of teaching. The relationship continued after that, including having sex four times.

In his written decision, Justice Grant Currie said the Crown failed to prove the kiss was sexual in nature and failed to prove that Osmond was in a position of trust or authority over the teen when their relationship became sexual, after she was no longer his teacher.  (more...)

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