Trial of former Manitoba teacher accused of sexually assaulting child wraps up

WINNIPEG — The trial of a former Lorette teacher charged with sexually assaulting a girl has wrapped up.

Remi Dallaire has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault, touching a person under 16 for a sexual purpose, inviting touching and making available sexually explicit material.

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Court heard the girl was eight when she got to know Dallaire in 2016 after her mother moved across the hall from his apartment.

The girl, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, testified she was sexually assaulted, inappropriately touched and shown pornography.

Queen's Bench Justice Ken Champagne could have a verdict as early as Friday afternoon.

The Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine says it has not employed Dallaire since the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Court heard Dallaire began helping the mom by looking after her daughter when she was at work.

"It is the Crown's position the evidence paints a picture of an accused who befriended a vulnerable mother and daughter for his own nefarious purposes," Crown attorney Danielle Simard told court Thursday.

"I would urge the court to convict him on all counts."

Dallaire's lawyer Matt Gould told court the relationship may have been inappropriate, but it was not criminal.

"It is uncontested that there was time together," said Gould. "The allegations against him are very serious. By any account there was a close relationship."

Dallaire did not testify. (CTV Winnipeg)

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