An Alberta teacher has been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation connected to events in Yellowknife more than a decade ago.
The assault is believed to have happened in the summer of 2009 at tryouts for the 2010 Arctic Winter Games, Northwest Territories RCMP said in a news release Thursday. Police in Yellowknife and Alberta have been working together on the investigation.
The suspect worked in Tulita and Fort Simpson, and travelled to Yellowknife and possibly other communities while he worked in the Northwest Territories between 2007 and 2017, police say.
According to the RCMP, the man moved to High Prairie in 2017 and has a history with the High Prairie School Division No. 48.
Neil Barry of High Prairie has been charged with two counts each of sexual assault and sexual exploitation. He is is scheduled to appear in territorial court Aug. 10.
The sexual exploitation charge, under s. 151.1(a) of the Criminal Code relates to sexual offences where the accused is in a position of trust or authority, dependent relationship over the victim, or an exploitive relationship with a young person.
The Facebook page for a Neil Barry says he works at EW Pratt High School in High Prairie. A June 2020 update on the High Prairie School Division’s website lists Barry as a principal, but says he is returning to the classroom.
Barry also appears as a basketball coach in an interview with CBC in March 2009.
RCMP ask anyone with information about related or other similar offences to call local police or Crime Stoppers.