Former Red Deer teacher reserves plea on sex charges from 1970s

A former River Glen School teacher reserved his plea on Thursday on three sex-related charges involving a student in the 1970s.

A former River Glen School teacher reserved his plea on Thursday on three sex-related charges involving a student in the 1970s.

Warren Fertig, 70, faces charges of rape, sexual intercourse with a female under of the age of 14 and sexual intercourse with a female between the ages of 14 and 16.

In May 2010, Red Deer City RCMP began an investigation into a sexual assault after receiving a complaint. It is alleged that the accused, who was a teacher at the school at the time, had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student between 1975 and 1977. The female student was 12 when the relationship started and 15 when it ended.

Fertig, who wasn’t in Red Deer provincial court, was represented by Red Deer lawyer Dave Inglis, who was acting as agent for Calgary lawyer Alain Hephner.

Inglis told Judge Gordon Deck that Hephner wanted the case adjourned to the afternoon of Dec. 13.

However, Deck told Inglis the court is not changing its schedule to suit Hephner and ordered that he appear on the morning of Dec. 13.

Morning docket is reserved for appearances so accused can enter pleas or select trial dates.

Afternoons are generally reserved for pleas and trials.

Fertig was released earlier on $50,000 cash bail.

River Glen School is in Chinook’s Edge School Division and is located in Red Deer.