Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Court dismisses appeals by former Cambridge teacher who had sex with student

KITCHENER — Ontario's highest court has dismissed two appeals by a former Cambridge Catholic high school teacher who had sex with one of her students in 2011.

Jacqueline Lavigne, 35, was found guilty last year of having sex with a drunken 17-year-old after inviting him to her home while her husband was out on a Saturday night.

Calling the crime a "total breach of the trust placed in her by her students, their parents and her employer," Justice Patrick Flynn sentenced the mother of two young children to 13 months in jail.

Lavigne, who lives in Kitchener and had been a respected teacher and sports coach, appealed the sexual exploitation conviction and sentence.

Earlier this month, the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed both appeals.

A panel of three judges — Russell Juriansz, Lois Roberts and David Watt — concluded Lavigne was "essentially seeking to retry the case before this court on a standard that would require the charge to be proven to an absolute certainty."  (more...)

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