Police have arrested a 51-year-old male teacher at Waywayseecappo Community School on two charges of sexual interference.
A female student came forward Oct. 22 to allege that two incidents had occurred earlier that month, Sgt. Crystal Welcher of the Waywayseecappo RCMP detachment said Tuesday.
"RCMP Waywayseecappo Detachment were notified that a female student of the Waywayseecappo Community School reported that she had been sexually assaulted by a male teacher of the Waywayseecappo Community School," Welcher said.
"An investigation began, and as a result, on Oct. 30, 51-year-old Robert Michael Woron was arrested and has since been formally charged with two counts of sexual interference following allegations on two offences that occurred in October," police said.
Welcher said Woron was released on a promise to appear in court with several strict conditions, that include among others, to have no contact or communication with the victim or to be in the company of any child under 16 years of age without another adult present.
He is scheduled to appear on Dec. 9 in Waywayseecappo Provincial Court.
RCMP said that they are not releasing the victim’s name, age or where she is from, to protect her identity.
Waywayseecappo First Nation Chief Murray Clearsky said Tuesday that he won’t comment on the charges before Woron appears in court next month. He would not say how long Woron has been at the band-operated school, or what he teaches.
"I can’t say too much, because of confidentiality," Clearsky said. "I’ll let the RCMP talk about it."
Clearsky said that the school is providing counselling to the alleged victim.
It is only three weeks since tragedy struck the school and community, when a 15-year-old Grade 9 student was found dead of hypothermia.
Waywayseecappo Community School has 457 students in nursery to Grade 9. The community is in western Manitoba, about 34 kilometres east of Russell.
Police are asking anyone with additional information to contact their nearest RCMP Detachment or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).