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'I was frozen': Student describes alleged sexual assaults at school

Student: 'I was frozen'

A 17-year-old student is speaking out after her allegations against a Vancouver band teacher started a sexual assault investigation

The teen says the teacher, Kyle Ledingham, kissed her and put his hands on her four times in a band room at Prince of Wales Secondary when she was in Grade 11. She says Ledingham drove her to SkyTrain stations and to a golf club, propositioned her for oral sex, and offered to let her stay the night at his house.

"I’ve known him for years so for this to happen to me is shocking as well. He seemed like one of the most caring, supportive people I’d ever met," she told CTV News.

She met Ledingham when she was in Grade 6, and confided in him about the previous sexual abuse she says she suffered at the hands of another person.

Ledingham has not been charged with any offence and has signed a temporary undertaking not to teach pending an investigation by the commissioner of the province’s teacher regulation branch. 

"The complainant in this matter has chosen to take to social media, and now the media proper, to air her allegation," Ledingham’s lawyer, Claire Hatcher, said in a statement to CTV News.

"Mr. Ledingham and his family and friends are choosing not to engage in the same type of conduct," Hatcher said.

In April of 2019, the teen says that she was alone in the band room with Ledingham. She says he asked for a hug.

"After I was giving him the hug, I tried to push away. He held onto me and then he looked me in the eyes and then he kissed me. He put his mouth on my mouth and then jammed his tongue into my mouth and I would say he started exploring, and his hands started exploring my body and touching my chest," she said.

"I was frozen, having flashbacks about what happened to me in my past. I’m feeling I’m in the same position. I don’t know what to do. I’m there, vulnerable, a huge sign on my head saying ‘I’m vulnerable, take advantage of me again,’" she said.

- With files from CTV News Vancouver



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