Saturday, December 29, 2007

Charles Hays troubles continue to echo in the community

The shocking story of alleged sexual misconduct involving a teacher at Charles Hays Secondary School was featured on the front page of Friday's Daily News. As the paper provided a recap of the story that was reported here earlier this week as well as in the Vancouver media and beyond.
The Daily kept to the simple facts of the story with a short sidebar item in Friday's paper.

School is rocked by sex charge for teacher
The Daily News
Friday, December 28, 2007

Page one

Another Prince Rupert teacher, the second in 2007, has been formerly charged with three counts for the alleged sexual exploitation of current and former students at Charles Hays Secondary School.

Dana Allison Monteith was arrested on these charges on Dec. 22 and appeared before a justice of the peace on Dec. 23. He was later released on nine strict conditions, which include not having contact with any female person under the age of 18 at his residence; and not being in the company of any female person under 18 except in the company of an adult over 25 years.

The offences allegedly took place between June 2005 and July 2007, and it is alleged that he used his position as a teacher to facilitate relationships with his victims. The investigation is ongoing. Police say they are concerned that there may be additional victims and/or witnesses who have not yet contacted RCMP.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the police at 627-0700.

Monteith is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 14 at 9 a.m.

Earlier this year, another Hays teacher, Michael Kolesar, a special needs teacher and athletics coach, was charged with two counts of alleged sexual assault and two counts of alleged sexual exploitation of a person with a disability.

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