UPDATED: Red Deer teacher charged with criminal offences

Norman Joseph Howes is seen in this social media post. (Photo from Facebook)

RCMP say the identity of a former Westpark Middle School teacher facing criminal charges was not included in a publication ban, as previously indicated by police.

But RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren said there is still a ban on listing the offences Norman Joseph Howes, 60, is alleged to have committed.

One victim has come forward about the alleged offences, which reportedly occurred during the Christmas break.

Red Deer Public Schools said Howes is no longer employed by the school district.

The investigation by Red Deer RCMP is ongoing, and the case will be before the court again Jan. 17.

Parents were informed of the situation Monday through letters and text messages sent to them by the school.

A statement from the school district said it has been working closely with the RCMP.

“The safety of students is always our utmost concern,” said the school district.

“Teachers at the school talked to students about the situation this morning and shared with them that if they ever feel their safety is being compromised, it is very important that they connect with their parents or another trusted and caring adult and share the information with them.

“They should also trust their instincts if something is not right.”



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