Aspiring teacher facing more child sex assault charges

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    By Darlene Casten

    A Filipino university student in Lethbridge University’s teaching program is facing more charges of sexual assault on a young victim.

    Christian Sarile was in Calgary court Dec. 7 on charges of sexual assault, sexual contact with a child, sexual counsel of child and three counts of breach of his conditions, eight months after being charged with similar offences.

    Sarile was pursuing a bachelor of education at the University of Lethbridge and had already obtained a music degree from the University of Calgary.

    Sarile was originally arrested in May after the parent’s of an underage girl called police to report an inappropriate relationship.

    Two more victims came forward during the first police investigation.

    Following a preliminary hearing, charges pertaining to one victim were dropped. That case is back in court February to set a date.

    He was on conditions to have no contact with people under 18-years-old. He also cannot volunteer or go to places where people under 18-years-old frequently are, such as schools and rec centres. He is forbidden from having a computer or cell phone that can access the internet. Sarile is also banned from consuming alcohol or drugs or going to pubs and bars.

    Police re-arrested Sarile this month and laid more charges. The latest charges were back in court Dec. 22, after Mabuhay Calgary’s press deadline.