CANNING, N.S. - The principal of Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC) in Canning has sent a notice to parents and guardians regarding a teacher at the school facing sex-related charges.
In the Nov. 21 notice, principal Kevin Veinot states that the school has been informed by the RCMP that police have laid charges against 39-year-old David Harrison, who according to an online staff listing teaches Grade 11 math, Grade 11 and 12 pre-calculus and Grade 12 calculus.
“We know no further details than what has been shared by the RCMP,” Veinot stated in the notice. “We recognize at this time the RCMP and the legal system are dealing with this situation.”
The notice states that Harrison has been placed on leave and all appropriate policies and procedures are being followed.
Veinot said their primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of their students and the school administration understands that this situation may be difficult for the school community. The school’s counselling staff is committed to supporting students in the best way possible.
Veinot said that parents or guardians concerned with how a child is handling this news can call him at 902-582-2040.
A news release issued by the RCMP on Nov. 21 states that Harrison, who is from Canaan, has been charged with several sexual offences relating to incidents that began in 2013. This past July, the complainant, who was 16 years old when the alleged incidents began, contacted the RCMP.
The RCMP Technological Crime Unit assisted with an investigation and were able to recover evidence that supports the complainant’s allegations.
The RCMP executed a search warrant at Harrison’s home on Nov. 20 and arrested him. Harrison was remanded into custody and was scheduled to appear in Kentville provincial court on Nov. 21. He is charged with sexual exploitation, child luring and sexual assault. Charges against Harrison have not been proven in court.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Kings District RCMP at 902-679-5555. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Secure web tips can be submitted at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or use the P3 Tips App.