Former teacher in Edmonton charged with sexual offences against students

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A former elementary school teacher in Edmonton has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of students in connection to several incidents that allegedly occurred at a west Edmonton school over the last several years.

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A statement from Edmonton Police Service Thursday says the now-retired 55-year-old is accused of offences including fondling three of his female student over and under the clothing, allegedly during regular school hours inside the accused’s classroom between 2016 and 2019.

Two of the girls were nine years old at the time of the alleged offences while the third girl was 11 years old.

Gilbert Lavigne, 55, of Edmonton, is charged with four counts of sexual assault and four counts of sexual exploitation. He remains in custody.

Police say Lavigne taught in numerous public schools across the city over his 30-year career.

“Investigators believe there may be additional complainants and are encouraging anyone who may have been victimized to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone,” the statement says.

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