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Case of St. John’s teacher charged with child exploitation called in provincial court

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Krysta Grimes didn’t appear personally

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Reporters from all the major news outlets were in provincial courtroom No. 7 at Atlantic Place Thursday morning, waiting for a St. John’s-area high school teacher charged with having sexual contact with a student.

In the end, Krysta Grimes, 32, didn’t appear in court herself, but was represented by her lawyer, Greg Kirby.

Prosecutor Jacqueline MacMillan asked the court for a three-week postponement in the case, and Judge Lois Skanes rescheduled it for it Nov. 8.

MacMillan also asked for a reiteration of the publication ban on the identity of the complainant in the case. Such a ban is mandatory in cases of sexual assault and in cases involving children.

Grimes, of Portugal Cove-St. Phillips, was suspended from teaching duties by the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District last school year and, following an RNC investigation, was charged by police in August with child exploitation.

Court documents allege Grimes used a part of her body to touch a part of the body of a boy for a sexual purpose between March 1 and June 30 of last year, while she was in a position of trust.

She has been ordered to have no communication with the child and to stay away from him.

Representatives of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association declined comment when contacted by The Telegram at the time Grimes was charged.

A spokeswoman for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said the district does not comment on matters before the courts.

“Any allegation of improper employee conduct is treated very seriously and, where appropriate, referred to law enforcement,” the spokeswoman said.

A charge of child exploitation carries a maximum potential jail sentence of 14 years.


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