Court date arrives for Sarnia high school teacher charged with sexual offences

The Sarnia high school teacher charged with sexual offences involving a student appeared in court this week for the first time since Sarnia police laid the charges last month.

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The Sarnia high school teacher charged with sexual offences involving a student appeared in court this week for the first time since Sarnia police laid the charges last month.

Tyler Shaw, 36, was represented Tuesday in a virtual Sarnia courtroom by defence lawyer Zach Kerbel. The Toronto-based lawyer has a “depth of experience in sexual assault matters,” according to his website.

Kerbel asked justice of the peace Debra Isaac for “five or six weeks” to get and review disclosure. Assistant Crown attorney Melanie Nancekievill said that evidence was available.

Isaac adjourned the case to Nov. 24. She also ordered a publication ban protecting the identity of all victims and witnesses connected to the case.

Shaw, a Sarnia resident who was teaching at Great Lakes secondary school, was charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation, police said on Sept. 23. The charges and police allegations haven’t been tested in court.

The Lambton Kent District school board’s director of education said in a statement at the time the accused hasn’t been in the school since the allegations were made. He also said school and school board staff were fully co-operating with the police during their investigation.

The police’s criminal investigations branch began an investigation after a female high school student made a complaint this past summer, police said.

Shaw also taught at the former Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School, police said.

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