Teacher charged with sexual assault

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A Windsor elementary school teacher is out on bail after being arrested for sexual assault offences alleged to have taken place with a former student. Christina Albini, 42, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference with a person under 16 years of age, invitation to sexual touching and child luring.

Albini’s bail conditions include limits on her access to computers and the Internet and an order to stay away from public pools and playgrounds where people under the age of 16 could be playing.

She appeared in court for bail hearing Tuesday afternoon and left with her fiancé, Les Hastings, who signed as her surety.

Outside the courthouse, Albini, who was wearing a black T-shirt and jean shorts, kept her head down and declined to answer any questions about the charges against her.

Defence lawyer Evan Weber left the courthouse alongside Albini, but said he had not been retained as her lawyer and had no comment to make about the case.

According to a release from Windsor police, the force’s child exploitation unit received information about the possible luring of a young person by an adult on July 18, 2016.

An investigation revealed a teacher from Christ the King Catholic Elementary School had a sexual relationship with a former student from the school, police said.

A page on the school’s website reveals Albini taught Grade 4 during the last school year.

Stephen Fields, a spokesperson for the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, would not confirm whether or not Albini had been suspended from her teaching position.

“Because it’s a personnel matter we won’t comment on any disciplinary action that we take with any of our employees,” he said.

“We’re not prepared to offer any other comment than to say we are co-operating fully with the police investigation.”

Const. Andrew Drouillard would not release the current age of the victim or say how old the victim was when the alleged incidents occurred.

Drouillard also would not say whether the victim was a boy or girl, explaining that police want to protect the victim’s identity.

“She was a teacher at the school, he or she was a student at the school, but the student is no longer at the school,” he said. “They developed a relationship and it turned into a sexual relationship and at some point we became aware of this and began to investigate it.”

According to Drouillard, police made the teacher’s name public in case there are any other victims.

“In a case like this, there is a potential for that,” he said, explaining police don’t have information on whether or not there are other victims. Drouillard added that it’s important for parents to know who their kids are communicating with online.

Anyone with information can call Windsor police at 519-255-6700 ext. 4830 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477 (TIPS). Albini’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 9.

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