Teacher charged with sex offences against female student

Police have charged a teacher with sexual offences against a teenage student.

EDMONTON — Police have charged a teacher with sexual offences against a teenage student.

It’s alleged that Piotr Zaloba had a sexual relationship with the girl between Feb. 1 and March 8 of this year.

The 27-year-old was on a temporary contract and teaching Grade 9 at an Edmonton Catholic school.

Joan Carr, superintendent of the Edmonton Catholic School Board, said the teacher was suspended last week when the allegation surfaced.

She said she was personally “heartbroken and devastated” by the news.

“We have launched our own internal investigation ….” she told a news conference Monday. “We wish to assure our parent community that our schools are safe places.”

Letters were being sent home to students and their parents asking them to come forward if they have similar allegations.

“The safety of our students is always our first priority,” said the letter.

“Please use this as an opportunity to discuss this incident with your child.”

Insp. Dave Spiers said police continue to investigate the case.

Zaloba is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and child luring.

He is to appear in court April 15.

Just Posted

Court to rule on B.C.’s pipeline permit law in crucial case for Trans Mountain

VANCOUVER — A court will rule today if a proposed British Columbia… Continue reading

Theresa May: A prime minister defined and defeated by Brexit

LONDON — Theresa May became prime minister in 2016 with one overriding… Continue reading

SpaceX launches 60 little satellites, 1st of thousands

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first… Continue reading

Cross-Canada corridor concept getting dusted off ahead of election

OTTAWA — The notion of a pan-Canadian corridor dedicated to rail, power… Continue reading

RCMP investigate suspicious package in downtown Red Deer

Part of downtown Red Deer was closed to traffic due to a… Continue reading

Dogs and drugs don’t mix: Red Deer business wants to leave downtown after 18 years

One business owner is done with downtown Red Deer after 18 years.… Continue reading

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

O Canada: Hockey hotbed now produces tennis players, too

ROME — It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca… Continue reading

Proctor back chasing running records after cross-Canada speed attempt

CALGARY — Dave Proctors’ attempted speed record across Canada last summer was… Continue reading

Big names headed to New Mexico to film ‘The Comeback Trail’

SANTA FE, N.M. — Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones… Continue reading

Lawyer: Deal close in Weinstein sexual misconduct lawsuits

NEW YORK — A tentative deal has been reached to settle multiple… Continue reading

Seniors: The unheard melodies

The sights and sounds around us enable us to experience our world.… Continue reading

Police find urn with ashes along bank of Red Deer River

RCMP find urn with ashes along bank of Red Deer River Red… Continue reading

North Vancouver RCMP seek skier whose pole caused brain injury to B.C. teen

VANCOUVER — A North Vancouver family is joining with RCMP to urge… Continue reading

Most Read