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Teacher accused of sex assault goes to trial in February

A Langley elementary teacher accused of sexually assaulting one of her students will go to trial on Feb. 19.

Deborah Ralph, 58, is accused of molesting a male student between December 1998 and June 2001.

The alleged victim contacted Langley RCMP on Nov. 8, 2011 to report he had been sexually assaulted by Ralph while studying at the James Kennedy Elementary School. He once was her student, but alleges he was assaulted when she was no longer his teacher.

Ralph taught at the school from September 1987 to June 2010. Ralph was suspended with pay.

Ralph is charged with one count of sexual assault and one of sexual interference of a person under the age of 14. Her trial is in B.C. Provincial Court in Surrey.

The teacher is being defended by Janet Winteringham, a high-profile Vancouver lawyer who was on the prosecution team which obtained guilty pleas from two BC Liberal government aides charged with corruption in connection with the $1-billion sale of B.C. Rail.

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