News

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.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

A short getaway
 
Election 2014: Gayle Martin seeking re-election to Langley City council
 
Lightning strikes down Predators
Plywood homeless cabins dismantled by city
 
Do you know this woman? She may have witnessed robbery
 
Election issues: Traffic congestion
Police seek Surrey taxi robbery suspect
 
Security stepped up in B.C. after attacks in Ottawa
 
Homeless housing rezoning will move to public hearing

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.