Teacher's trial begins on Monday

The trial for a Langley elementary school teacher accused of molesting one of her students will begin on Monday, Jan. 20.

Deborah Ralph, 58, is charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference of a person under the age of 14.

Jury selection already began last week in Supreme Court in New Westminster. It appears 15 days has been set aside for the jury trial.

She chose to have a jury trial, as opposed to a trial by judge alone.

Ralph, a teacher in Langley for many years, was teaching at James Kennedy Elementary when she was charged.

It is alleged Ralph sexually assaulted 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. He had been one of her students at James Kennedy,  but alleges he was assaulted when she was no longer his teacher.

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

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