Calgary Police arrest local teacher for sexual offences

Calgary, Alberta – The Calgary Police Service Child Abuse Unit has a local teacher in custody and charges are pending following an investigation into inappropriate sexual contact with a student dating back more than a decade.

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In January 2017, detectives began an investigation into a complaint from a woman who alleged she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teacher while she was a student at Bishop McNally High School, 5700 Falconridge Blvd. N.E., between 2007 and 2009. The victim was 16 years old when the offences began. The incidents are alleged to have occurred at several residences in Calgary, as well as at the school.

Despite the age of consent in 2007 being 14, the suspect was in a position of trust and authority over the victim for the duration of alleged offences. The alleged acts are illegal and in contravention of Section 153 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

On Tuesday, May 30, 2017, the 45 year-old-man was arrested and charges of sexual contact with a youth by person in authority and sexual assault are pending. He is currently waiting to see a Justice of the Peace, after which time his name will be released publicly.

The CPS will speak to this matter after the accused is named, which will likely occur Wednesday morning, May, 31, 2017.

UPDATE: Edwin Cay ARIAS, 45, of Calgary, was officially charged early this morning with sexual contact with a youth by person in authority and sexual assault. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

For more information about how to recognize signs of child abuse, please visit the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre website at www.sheldonkennedycac.ca.

Anyone who is a victim of crime or who believes they know someone who is, should contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers using any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org
TEXT: tttTIPS to 274637

Case #17012824 / 3940

Calgary Police Service


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