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Trial stayed against Alberta teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

James Richard Pratt, 43, of Spruce Grove.

EDMONTON — The trial centred around a Parkland County teacher accused of having sexually assaulted and exploited one of his female students has been stayed.

James Richard Pratt was facing charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

The 43-year-old had been teaching at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain since 2001, but left the job in February 2014 when a complaint by a female student was filed with RCMP.

According to the high school’s website, Pratt was a construction instructor in Career and Technology Studies.

A statement from Parkland School Division’s communications director Jordi Weidman said, “We have been informed that charges on Mr. Pratt have been stayed. He is currently on leave from Parkland School Division. As this is a confidential internal personnel decision, with privacy rights involved, we are not at liberty to comment.”

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Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP have said they believe this was an isolated incident in relation to Pratt, and were not anticipating other alleged victims to come forward.

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