A teacher is facing jail over having sex in a cellar with a teenage boy – but she claims that the student forced himself on her.
Alyssa Tungul could face between four and five years after she was convicted of sex crimes against her 15-year-old former student.
The courts heard that the relationship between the Edmonton music teacher and the boy began while he was her pupil, but continued after he graduated.
Tungul admitted to having sex with the teen in his cousin’s basement.
However, the 31-year-old claims that he forced himself on her, while the teen claims that it was consensual.
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The boy also told investigators she performed oral sex on him in her car.
In July earlier this year, Tungul was found guilty of sexual assault and sexual interference.
During a sentencing hearing on Friday (November 12), Crown Prosecutor Damon Macleod said he had invited the sexual assault count to be stayed.
He added that the prosecutor claimed her position of authority and trust over the victim as an aggravating factor in sentencing for sexual interference.
“This is a temperate sentence,” Macleod said. “It is not so long that it would make rehabilitation and reintegration into the community impossible.
“Ms Tungul regrets being convicted. That is all."
Reading a witness impact statement to the court, the teenager’s mother claimed her son lost his interest in music after the relationship.
According to CTV News, the mother told the court: “My son was a victim, and a survivor. And, he will thrive regardless of your actions.”
Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Susan Bercov confirmed the now-former teacher would be sentenced in December.
Tungul’s defence lawyer Brian Vale is asking for a sentence of between 15 and 24 months to be served in the community, noting Tungul’s “otherwise blameless life.”
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He told the court: “She did commit a serious offence against a youth. But that was out of character for her.
“This was a situational offence… there is no evidence to suggest this is a pattern.”
The Judge said the relationship was "inappropriate" and "improper", and then added: "It is possible, even likely that this was developing or developed into an improper sexual relationship.”
Tungul had pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault and unlawful touching of a person under the age of 16.
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