Deal in works for Langley’s female teacher sex case

A judge is expected to hand down a verdict in the case of Deborah Ralph early next month in a New Westminster courtroom.

Ralph is a former Langley teacher who was charged with sexually assaulting a former student.

Her trial was scheduled to begin on Jan. 20 in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

However, before the jury could sit in judgement, lawyers for the Crown and defense said they had been having discussions, and expected to reach a “final resolution” that week.

The alleged offenses took place between 1998 and 2001.

The victim was “elementary school aged” at the time of the offenses, said Langley RCMP.

Ralph taught at James Kennedy Elementary from 1987 to June 2010, then at Langley Fundamental until she was arrested in 2011 when the victim came forward to police.

Ralph is now expected back in court on Feb. 7 to hear the final decision on the case.

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