Teacher accused of having sex with student won’t testify in her defence
The fate of Jacqueline Lavigne is now in the hands of a judge.
Her lawyer, Bill Markle, declined to call any witnesses or introduce any evidence Friday at his client’s sexual exploitation trial.
Lavigne, 33, is accused of having sex with a then-17-year-old student in her own home during the same time period she was teaching him in a class at Cambridge’s Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School.
She has pleaded not guilty, and remained quiet over the past two weeks as the student who she allegedly had sex with, other students, police and others have testified about their knowledge of the events.
The court has been told that there were a number of BlackBerry chats between Lavigne’s phone and that of the phone belonging to the complainant.
A friend of the complainant said that he saw messages from Lavigne to the complainant stating “I can’t wait to get alone with you … oh the things I would do to you.”
However, police have been unable to recover the alleged sexual messages sent in the fall of 2011 – only messages the pair exchanged in January 2012, shortly before Lavigne’s arrest.
A verdict is expected April 14.