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The sentencing of a former Manitoba teacher convicted of sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl was delayed Friday, after a correctional centre investigation came to light.
Few details on what may have happened at Headingley Correctional Centre or how it affects Remi Dallaire's case were shared in court Friday, but the information prompted defence lawyer Matthew Gould to ask for an adjournment of what was to be Dallaire's sentencing hearing.
Crown attorney Danielle Simard agreed to the adjournment request, and Justice Ken Champagne granted it, setting a new date for March 20.
Dallaire, a 34-year-old former teacher of grades 7 and 8 in Lorette, 20 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg, was found guilty in September of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and making sexually explicit material available to a child. He repeatedly sexually abused an eight-year-old girl in June and July 2016, after becoming friends with her mother.
During Dallaire's brief court appearance Friday afternoon, the lawyers referenced an investigation conducted at Headingley Correctional Centre and information related to it was requested by Gould in early January.
The results of the RCMP investigation were provided to Simard and forwarded to Gould, who then asked for more time before proceeding to sentencing. No details of the substance of the investigation were brought up in court.
Katie May reports on courts, crime and justice for the Free Press.