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Former Hidden Valley School employee acquitted of sex crimes

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A former schooling assistant at Hidden Valley Elementary Faculty in Whitehorse was acquitted in Yukon Supreme Courtroom on Oct. 13 of three costs associated to his alleged conduct whereas on the faculty. The fees agapt William Auclair-Bellemare have been sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and forcible confinement

The decision concludes a trial that started on June 12, 2023. The authorized proceedings have been performed in French, Auclair-Bellemare’s most well-liked language, and have been presided over by Choose Peter Chisholm.

Auclair-Bellemare plead not responsible to all costs.

Through the trial, the courtroom heard from the alleged sufferer, a scholar on the faculty when Auclair-Bellemare was employed there, in addition to one in every of their mother and father and a sibling. A publication ban protects the alleged sufferer’s identification.

Auclair-Bellemare was an worker at Hidden Valley Elementary Faculty till 2019, when he was dismissed following abuse allegations. He pleaded responsible to sexual interference regarding a separate sufferer in January 2021 and was sentenced to 6 months behind bars.

Earlier this 12 months, in February, costs coping with a 3rd alleged sufferer have been stayed, with the Crown concluding that it was unlikely they might safe a conviction in that case earlier than trial commenced.

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— With information from Jim Elliot

Contact Matthew Bossons at matthew.bossons

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