UPDATE #2: As of December 13th, 2019 four charges of sexual assault and two charges of sexual contact have been dismissed.
UPDATE: The Grande Prairie Public School District says the suspect is not working for them in any capacity has not since May 31st. Superintendent Sandy McDonald has released a statement on the charges:
“The safety of our students is always the top priority in the Grande Prairie Public School District. We have recently learned that an employee of our District has been formally charged with what can only be described as extremely serious criminal offenses.
In the interests of maintaining confidentiality regarding employee matters and permitting the legal process to move forward appropriately, the District is only able to comment to a limited extent and is not able to comment specifically on the charges. I can confirm the employee is not currently rendering active service and has not been since May 31, 2018.
As this is a matter before the courts, the District will issue no further statements related to this matter.”
A local vice-principal has been charged with sexual assault. Grande Prairie RCMP say they received reports from three female students on June 1st saying they had been touched inappropriately. Their ages have not been released.
It’s alleged the touching happened during the latter part of the 2018 school year at an unidentified school in the Grande Prairie Public School District. We have reached out to the school district for comment.
55 year old Raymond Sylvester of Grande Prairie was arrested on June 27th and has since been charged with four counts of sexual assault. He has been released from custody with a court date set for August 22nd.
Police ask anyone with information to come forward to the detachment.