Sex charges dropped against Chilliwack teacher

Chilliwack elementary school teacher Jason Epp is a free man after all sex-related charges against him were stayed by Crown counsel in provincial court Wednesday.

Chilliwack elementary school teacher Jason Epp is a free man after all sex-related charges against him were stayed by Crown counsel in provincial court Wednesday.

Epp, 40, was arrested on May 12, 2010, shortly after allegations of sexual misconduct were made by two students at Sardis Elementary school.

He was originally charged with six counts of sexual assault, sexual interference of a person under 16 and touching a young person for sexual purpose.

But all those charges were dropped Wednesday following further RCMP interviews with 130-140 students, parents and school staff.

Crown counsel Wendy van Tongeren Harvey told the court that as the police investigation progressed, questions arose and the Crown concluded it had a “legal, moral and ethical duty” to stay the charges.

Harvey declined to detail those questions outside the courtroom, and referred reporters to ministry staff in Victoria.

Defense counsel Claire Hatcher also declined comment outside the court on details of how the Crown’s case against her client unravelled.

But she said Epp and his family “maintained his innocence since the beginning” and are “now looking forward to moving on with the rest of their lives.”

The charges and the publicity have been “immensely stressful” on Epp, she said, but she could not comment on her client’s future as a teacher now that the charges have been dropped.

Just Posted

Chilliwack RCMP find chemicals and cannabis extract in illicit lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Chilliwack RCMP seek suspects in rash of poppy donation box thefts

Incidents at four different locations in Sardis in the days leading up to Remembrance Day

German-born British Columbian warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Train ride at Minter store not part of this year’s festive fun

Tough decision made to stop seasonal train in its tracks after injury suffered by Brian Minter

Players Guild challenges Chilliwack residents to solve classic Agatha Christie whodunit mystery

The Chilliwack Players Guild is performing Murder on the Nile from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

New chair of Metro Vancouver board is Burnaby councillor

The 40-person board is made up of elected officials from 21 cities and one First Nation

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read