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St. John's high school teacher charged with child exploitation

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Krysta Grimes allegedly had sexual contact with a male child

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

A St. John's-area high school teacher has been charged with child exploitation after she allegedly had sexual contact with a student.

Krysta Grimes, 31, of Portugal Cove-St. Phillips will appear in court Oct. 17 on a charge of child exploitation. She was suspended from teaching duties last school year and, following an investigation, was charged by the RNC earlier this month.

Court documents allege Grimes, “being in a position of trust or authority towards a young person, did for a sexual purpose touch directly or indirectly a part of her body with a part of the body of (a boy)” between March 1 and June 30 of last year.

She has been ordered to have no communication with the child and to stay away from him.

Representatives of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association declined comment when requested by The Telegram Thursday afternoon.

A spokeswoman for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said the district was aware of the charge and had removed Grimes from teaching duties when it had become aware of the allegation.

“As you know, the district does not comment on matters before the courts. Any allegation of improper employee conduct is treated very seriously and, where appropriate, referred to law enforcement,” the spokeswoman said.

A charge of child exploitation carries a maximum potential jail sentence of 14 years.


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