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Laval trade school principal charged with sexual assault of a minor

Harold Vallée, 52, was arrested and charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a minor. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.
Harold Vallée, 52, was arrested and charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a minor. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. Laval police handout

Police confirmed that the director of a school within the Commission Scolaire de Laval (CSDL) was arrested earlier this week in connection with the sexual assault of a minor.

Harrold Vallée, 52, appeared in court Aug. 22 where he was charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and child luring.

The CSDL issued a statement following Vallée’s arrest, informing the public that criminal accusations had been levelled against one of its employees.

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Vallée who was the director of the Centre de qualification professionnelle et d’entrepreneuriat de Laval (CQPEL) — a trade school for students ranging in age from 15 to 24 — was immediately relieved of his duties, according to the CSDL.

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The school board said it would issue no further statements, as to not interfere with the judicial process.

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The alleged incidents took place over the summer holiday, between July 31 and Aug. 9.

According to police, the victim — a 16-year-old girl — was not a student at the trade school where Vallée was employed.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 450-662 4636 and mention file number LVL 170814 093.

Vallée was released with conditions and is expected back in court Oct. 18.