Former Red Deer teacher facing sex assault charges

A former Red Deer teacher well known in the business and livestock communities will stand trial for sexual assault.

A former Red Deer teacher well known in the business and livestock communities will stand trial for sexual assault.

Warren Fertig, founder of Allandale Industries and at one time a prominent breeder and promoter of llamas and Arabian horses, was committed on Thursday to stand trial in relation to the sexual assault of one of his students.

Fertig, 71 was a teacher at Riverglen School in Red Deer during the mid-1970s, when the incidents are alleged to have occurred.

A preliminary hearing was held before Judge Gordon Deck in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday afternoon to determine whether the Crown has enough evidence to proceed to trial with the charges.

Deck subsequently ordered Fertig to stand trial, with a date to be set later.

Fertig and his lawyer return to court for arraignments on Sept. 12, when a trial date is to be set.