Crown undecided on appeal

It remains unknown if a former Vernon teacher could be facing charges again.

Prosecution has made no decisions about a potential appeal after a judge found Deborah Ashton not guilty on five counts for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a former student.

“I haven’t had time to think about it,” said Neil Flanagan, Crown counsel, when asked if he is considering an appeal of Judge Alison Beames’ decision Wednesday.

“I will be reflecting on the judge’s decision and I will take it from there.”

Flanagan didn’t give any indication as to when he may determine if there will be an appeal.

“I start a murder prosecution April 10 and that’s what I’m focused on,” he said.

Ashton had been charged with sexual interference of a person under 14, invitation to sexual touching under 14, sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation.

Ashton is expected to be at the Vernon Court House Thursday facing two perjury charges related to her first trial in February 2011.

The first trial ended with a hung 12-person jury.

Crown counsel responsible for the perjury charges could not be contacted as to whether that case will continue despite Ashton being found not guilty of a sexual relationship with a minor.



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