Trial date set for Langley teacher accused of molestation

A Langley elementary school teacher accused of molesting one of her students will go to trial on Jan. 20, 2014.

Deborah Ralph, 58, appeared in Supreme Court in New Westminster on Thursday to find out when her trial will proceed. It appears 15 days has been set aside for the jury trial.

She was in Provincial Court in Surrey for a preliminary hearing, accompanied by two of her lawyers, for a couple of days in late February and early March.

The preliminary hearing heard testimony from her accuser. There is a ban on publication on any information that takes place in a preliminary hearing. She has chosen to have a jury trial as opposed to a trial with judge alone.

Ralph, who was a teacher at James Kennedy Elementary,  is charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference of a person under the age of 14.

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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