Edmonton teacher charged with sexual assault against a student
Alyssa Tungul, a 29 year-old teacher in Edmonton has been charged with sexual assault against a student. She is set to appear in court on July 24.
According to CBC, the accused was a teacher at H.E. Beriault Catholic Junior High when the offence allegedly occurred in the Fall semester of 2019.
Vancouver Police have issued a warning over the release of 46-year-old Trevor Leonard Smith.
Police say that Smith has just been re-released from jail after federal offences and that he is at high-risk for committing sexual abuse, again. Police say that he is especially known for sexual violence against children.
Smith was previously convicted of sexual assault, possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography, assault causing bodily harm, and failure of comply with a court order, police wrote in a news release.
Smith is described as a Caucasian male, about 5’10” and 170 pounds, with grey hair and blue eyes. He has also gone by the surnames Landry and Williams.
According to police, Smith must abide by the following court orders:
- Keep the peace and be of good behaviour;
- Report to a probation officer;
- Reside at a place approved by a probation officer;
- Remain in British Columbia;
- Advise a probation officer of relationships and friendships with females;
- Not to consume or possess any controlled substances;
- No contact, directly or indirectly, with anyone under 16 years old;
- Not to attend any public park, school ground, recreational centre, skating rink or public swimming pool, public swimming area, community centre, playground, or any other place where a person under 16 years old is reasonable or expected to be present;
- Not to use or possess a computer or access the internet, except with prior permission of a probation officer;
- Not to possess or access any data encryption, electronic storage device, or computer software without written permission of a probation officer.
If anyone sees or knows of Smith violating any of these conditions, even slightly, police have asked that they immediately call 9-1-1.
Hamilton pedophile who attempted to traffic seven-year-old stepdaughter returned from healing lodge to prison
UPDATE: After public outrage, the unnamed pedophile and sex offender has been returned from the healing lodge to his medium security prison, according to Corrections Canada.
On Wednesday, a Hamilton man who received a 13.5-year sentence for attempting to sexually advertise, sexually abusing, and creating child pornography of his 7-year-old stepdaughter was transferred from a medium security prison to the Waseskun Healing Lodge in Quebec.
According to the Toronto Sun, he had only served between two to three years in jail and wasn’t officially sentenced until 2018.
In 2018, the 37-year-old stepfather, whose name is legally protected, plead guilty to sexual interference, making child pornography and possession of child pornography between June 2015 to April 2016. He is now eligible for day parole on November 20, 2019.
Many, including the victim’s family, are absolutely outraged over this decision, especially considering the stepfather had deep ties with other pedophiles and sex traffickers in the Hamilton area.
“These are the most horrific crimes you can imagine,” the now 11-year-old girl’s aunt told the Toronto Sun. “You just don’t cure pedophilia.”
The victim’s family reportedly got one day’s notice of this transfer from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).
“They were pretty vague when I asked why. I got the usual, assessed by a parole officer and he was deemed eligible to go to the healing lodge,” the aunt continued.
“I was shocked. We’ve lived with this for three years. I thought it wouldn’t be a worry again for another few years but here we are.”
“Corrections Canada is there for the inmates. They are definitely not there for the victims.”
The aunt also fears that two other convicted pedophiles, a prostitute, Sonya Lucas, as well as her pimp, Rui Dasilva will receive similar lax enforcement of their sentences and be out on day parole soon. Both criminals were involved with the sexual abuse of the young girl.
The prostitute, Sonya Lucas, who received a 10-year sentence for the abuse of the little girl and had previously been jailed for sexually assaulting her own sons, has already requested day parole.
Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale’s office is appalled and demanded answers from the CSC, as has the Canadian Centre for Victims of Crime (CCVC).
“The abuse of a child is odious and utterly reprehensible, and we can only imagine the pain of the victim and her family,” Goodale’s office said Thursday.
“Our organization is confused how it is even possible for this offender, who was in a medium-security institution to be transferred to a healing lodge with low security,” the CCVC wrote in a letter to CSC Commissioner Anne Kelly asking for her intervention.
According to the Toronto Sun, other pedophiles involved with the sexual abuse of this child have already been released.
Many are demanding answers, but so far nothing has been done and the proceedings will continue.
According to Global News, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is planning on closing schools on Monday if teachers decide to strike.
If the closures continue as planned, over 246,000 students from 582 schools will be affected.
A strike is being planned by CUPE, which represents teachers and public sector employees all across Canada.
According to the union 55,000 school employees are ready to strike on October 7th if their demands aren’t met.
Negotiations will continue between the two parties until next week.
Earlier today, three youths alleged to have committed sexual assault at St Michael’s College School in 2018 have pleaded guilty to multiple charges during a court appearance.
According to Global News, each pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault with a weapon and one count of assault with a weapon. One of the youths also pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.
As each are young, they cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Act.
According to the National Post, seven students in total were charged at the time of the sexual assaults. Of these students, four were expelled and the other three withdrew from the school. All were members of the school’s football teams.
Seven students were charged with assault and sexual assault offences that related to three incidents involving members of one of the private school’s football teams.
In 2014, Matthew de Grood fatally stabbed five people at a Calgary house party. He was originally charged with five counts of first-degree murder but was found not criminally responsible in 2016 after a two-week trial. At the time, the judge ruled that de Grood suffering from schizophrenic symptoms at the time of the attack, believing there was an impending war, and that he was not capable of understanding that what he was doing was wrong.
He is now being transferred to a Edmonton hospital where he is to be slowly reintegrated into society, and may be allowed to live in a halfway house.
According to CBC, “The new freedoms were approved by the Alberta Review Board, which held an annual hearing in September when members of de Grood’s treatment team testified about his progress and risk to the community.
“In its decision, the board ordered that de Grood — who has been described as a “model patient” — be transferred to Edmonton in order to ease his reintegration into the community because of the “toxic” nature of what he would likely experience in Calgary.”
Critics of his release have claimed that de Grood is only getting out so soon because his father is a police officer, and say that there is no way, given the nature of his crimes, that he has been rehabilitated in such a short time.
“Clearly the Alberta Review Board carefully considered my client’s progress in his treatment and how far he’s come and were satisfied that these recommendations would not in any way jeopardize public safety,” said de Grood’s lawyer Allan Fay.
For obvious reasons, Edmonton, rather than Calgary, has been chosen for de Grood to be reintegrated and eventually released.
“You don’t want to have a situation where members of the victims’ families are bumping into him when he’s on a community outing,” said forensic psychologist Dr. Patrick Baillie. “That would be particularly distressing for them, and probably for Matthew as well.”
The victim’s families are highly concerned over the release of de Grood, and wrote a joint statement condemning the decision. However, other family members aren’t surprised given his sentencing.
“We strongly defy anyone that suggests this risk is manageable or acceptable,” wrote the families last month in a joint statement. “The absolute evil and heinous nature of the crime he committed can not be overstated and the prospect of this person being re-integrated into our community is beyond comprehension.”
“The recommendations from the treatment team are showing you the acceleration that’s occurring within this process for a guy that killed five people,” said Gregg Perras, a father one of the victims.
“It just seems unfathomable to us.”