The North Vancouver School District confirms one of its teachers, suspended since his arrest in August, 2015, has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual exploitation. (North Vancouver School District)
The North Vancouver School District says one of its teachers has pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual exploitation.
In August, 2015, Chad Jeremy Smith, 40, was arrested by North Vancouver RCMP after an investigation revealed that he had allegedly assaulted a female student for more than two years, from October 2012 to December 2014.
The charge applies to authority figures accused of sexually assaulting a minor, police said at the time.
"With his recent conviction of sexual exploitation, the school district will now take the steps necessary to address Mr. Smith's employment status on a permanent basis," wrote North Vancouver School District spokeswoman Deneka Michaud in a statement sent to CBC News.
"As soon as allegations came forward last summer prior to the start of this school year, the situation was taken very seriously and handled promptly," said the statement. "The North Vancouver School District worked with police and followed the School Act in terms of disciplinary action."
The district says Smith was suspended from teaching during the investigation.
Surrey RCMP are investigating after a Realtor says she was sexually assaulted during an open house
Mounties are investigating after a Realtor was sexually assaulted in North Surrey just after 4 p.m. PT Saturday afternoon.
Police say the female Realtor was conducting an open house when she was attacked. The woman was able to fight off the man who then fled the home.
Mounties conducted a search of the area but couldn't locate the suspect.
The woman didn't know the alleged attacker and wasn't injured in the incident.
Police seek Sikh
Police describe the suspect as a South Asian male in his late 20s to mid 40s who spoke with an accent. He's described as being between 5'5" and 5'8" tall with brown eyes and a dark well-groomed beard. He was wearing dark coloured pants and a light coloured shirt with a white turban.
The investigation is ongoing and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Surrey is British Columbia's second largest city. It is located southeast of Vancouver.
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University RCMP say they arrested two men involved in a suspected break and enter and sexual assault on UBC (University of British Columbia) campus in the early hours of Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Megan Batchelor/CBC)
A pair of men are facing charges of breaking and entering, sexual assault and forcible confinement in connection with an incident at an apartment building on UBC's Point Grey campus.
Just after 2:15 a.m. PT on Saturday, RCMP officers arrested two men involved in a suspected break and enter at an apartment building in the 5700 block of Birney Avenue.
David Singh Tucker, 28, and Yuan Zhi Gao, 23, are now both charged with one count of breaking and entering. Tucker is also charged with three counts each of sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, and robbery as well as one count of wearing a mask with intent to commit an indictable offence.
In response, UBC issued a campus safety alert on Sunday, reminding those on campus to be vigilant about their surroundings and to take measures to prevent unknown persons from entering residences.
"We realize the recent incidents of voyeurism and sexual assault have been unsettling to the community and we share your concerns. UBC will continue to work with the police, Campus Security and other campus community partners to continuously look for ways to improve the safety of students, faculty and staff on campus," wrote Louise Cowin, UBC's vice president of students in a release.
It's not yet clear if Saturday's incident is related to several reports in recent months of a prowler near female residences.