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Retired North Vancouver teacher charged with indecent assault

Written by Javed Iqbal

The alleged assaults took place in the 1970s and 80s and involved students at Upper Lynn Valley Elementary School

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Police have arrested a retired North Vancouver elementary school teacher as they investigate at least seven incidents of indecent assault on students in the 1970s and 80s.

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North Vancouver RCMP made the arrest after a complaint made on June 14 led to an investigation that revealed a total of seven victims, and police believe there were likely more.

The man, now 82, was arrested Thursday morning and his residence was also searched, said RCMP Sgt. Peter DeVries.

“This is an ongoing, complex investigation involving allegations of sexual assault that occurred over 40 years ago,” DeVries said.

“Many of these abuses occurred during this man’s employment as a teacher at Upper Lynn Valley Elementary School between 1970 and 1982, with additional abuses alleged to have occurred after his employment as a teacher ended in 1982.”

DeVries said some of the people who may have been involved have spoken out on social media and police are asking them to speak with them as well.

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“Our priorities right now are to speak with those who have not yet come forward, to gather all available evidence so we can thoroughly investigate these allegations, and to support all victims as we go through this process,” he said in a statement .

“We know this will be devastating news for members of the community, and especially for the victims,” ​​DeVries said. “For some, hearing about this may rekindle memories of past trauma. If you are a victim, please reach out for support. We want you to know that we are here, we will listen to you, and we will support you.”

Anyone with information or who believes they were a victim is asked to call police at 604-969-7593. A crisis intervention line is also available for those dealing with crime and other trauma 24/7 at 604-969-7540.

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