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20 more students allege sexual assault against former Calgary teacher Michael Gregory

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Extra former college students have come ahead within the $40-million group motion towards the Calgary Board of Schooling and the property of Michael Gregory, a former trainer at John Ware College.

Twenty new people have come ahead, many with affidavits to assist the class-action go well with.

The affidavits mirror an preliminary assertion of declare alleging sexual assault and interference with teenaged women, and intimidation of teenaged boys who inadvertently got here throughout incriminating scenes of undress or inappropriate behaviour.

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In mid-February 2021, Gregory was charged with six counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of sexual interference.

Days later, Gregory was found on Vancouver Island, useless by suicide.

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Lawyer Michael Farrell mentioned the affidavits include “powerful tales” of the alleged victims.


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“There are some heartbreaking particulars in these affidavits, and being a lawyer in a scenario like this, the place it’s a must to expertise this form of factor and re-experience it with folks, isn’t simple,” he instructed International Information.

“That having been mentioned, it doesn’t maintain a candle to what these victims have gone via, they usually’re those that basically deserve the popularity.”

Farrell mentioned 32 folks have come ahead with regard to the category motion: 25 alleged victims and 7 claiming to be witnesses. Of the alleged victims, eight are males and 17 are ladies.

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A type of new ladies to just lately come ahead is Alicia Riley.

Her affidavit alleges having intercourse and fascinating in different sexual conduct at Gregory’s house whereas she was in Grade 8. She alleges he supplied alcohol whereas at his acreage.

She additionally outlines occasions throughout canoe journeys that allege sexual touching, his sneaking into her tent and utilizing emotional manipulation.

Riley’s affidavit claims the academics and principal ought to have identified about Gregory’s alleged sexual actions with college students.

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A pupil with the initials KG alleged Gregory began making sexually-suggestive feedback whereas she was in Grade 8, advancing into sexual touching in Grade 9 throughout a canoe journey, and into Grade 10, when she believes he sedated her whereas at his home.

One other affidavit from a pupil with the initials JR alleged after they got here throughout Gregory with a pair of feminine college students in states of undress, they have been bodily threatened by the trainer. JR instructed one other trainer, who the scholar alleges suggested them to “not say something about it.”


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Kelly Schneider, one of many unique consultant plaintiffs, mentioned not talking out is now not an choice.

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“I’m a mom of two daughters. I’ve to do the proper factor – they’re watching me. They want a mother that may be sturdy and never be bullied or to be quiet any longer.”

Schneider described Gregory as “a horrific monster.”

“He knew what he was doing. He was excellent at what he was doing.”

“And through the years, he bought greater and higher at it and extra brazen and daring.”

Schneider mentioned she’s indignant and disillusioned at anybody else in a spot of authority who appeared to disregard college students and fogeys who reported Gregory’s actions on the time.

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However she’s happy with the previous college students who’re coming ahead.

“I’m actually happy with all people. I actually didn’t see this ever coming to mild in my lifetime,” Schneider mentioned.

“For each woman that comes ahead and, pardon me, each boy – and I exploit the time period boy and woman as a result of that’s what we have been again then – that got here ahead and mentioned they noticed, mentioned that they did, mentioned that they tried: I’m so thrilled to be holding fingers with all these folks and hopefully making some type of a optimistic distinction and alter within the system.”

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Farrell mentioned there could possibly be lots of of scholars affected by Gregory’s actions throughout his tenure between 1986 and 2006.

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He hopes the court docket will comply with a extra aggressive timeline than usually afforded to instances like this.

“You may’t go away folks like this on tenterhooks.”

Legal professionals for the CBE and Gregory’s property declined remark, pointing as an alternative to their statements of protection denying culpability and the request to have the case dismissed.

The CBE assertion of protection argues the plaintiffs weren’t throughout the care or supervision of the varsity board. But when there’s a discovering made that conflicts with that, then the “CBE was unaware of the alleged misconduct.”




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