Calgary, Alberta – A former teacher from John Ware Junior High School facing sexual assault and sexual exploitation charges related to alleged incidents between 1999 and 2005, has died. However, we still need anyone with information related to this case to come forward as the investigation continues.
Michael Andreassen GREGORY, 57, of De Winton, Alta., was charged with six counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of sexual exploitation before his death. His death is not believed to be criminal in nature.
When a suspect or accused passes away before an investigation is complete, we still finish examining all the evidence to try learn what happened. This hopefully allows us to give some closure and supports to victims, and helps ensure that no one else who still can be charged was involved in any offence.
In a case where an accused was in a position of trust, the investigation can also provide insights into how similar incidents can be prevented in the future.
Anyone with information related to this case is still asked to contact us by calling our non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or emailing [email protected] Information can also be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:
APP: “P3 Tips”
Outstanding confidential community supports are also available to anyone who is a victim of sexual abuse or violence through Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse. They can be reached through their Support and Information Line at 403-237-5888, or by calling Alberta One Line at 1-866-403-8000 if you are outside of Calgary.
We would also like to remind the public that there is no statute of limitations on criminal offences in Canada. Anyone who has been a victim of a serious crime is encouraged to report it, even if many years have passed since the incident.
Calgary, AB, 18 February 2021
A woman coming forward to report sexual misconduct that involved a former teacher nearly two-decades ago has resulted in 17 charges being laid for incidents alleged to have occurred over several years with six different victims.
The first victim contacted us in September 2020 and reported that in the summer of 2001, her teacher at John Ware Junior High School had undressed her and other female students during a canoe trip not sanctioned by the school, exposing them to him and their peers.
While investigating that allegation, detectives in the Sex Crimes Unit identified five other women who also report having been involved sexually with the same teacher while they were students between the years of 1999 and 2005.
It is believed that the teacher used his position of trust to groom female students and get them into situations where a range of sexual activities could occur, both with and without agreement from the students. Young people cannot give free and informed consent for any sexual activity with a person in a position of trust and authority over them, regardless of whether they say they agree to it or not.
Michael Andreassen GREGORY, 57, of De Winton, Alta., is charged with six counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of sexual exploitation in connection with these incidents.
GREGORY taught at John Ware Junior High School from August 1986 until September 2006.
“There can be a lot of confusion and mixed emotions when a young person experiences exploitation by someone they trusted,” said Staff Sergeant Michelle Doyle of the Calgary Police Service Sex Crimes Unit. “It can often take many years before the person looks back on it and realizes that what happened was not okay and that it needs to be reported.”
The investigation into these incidents is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact us by calling our non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously using any of the following methods:
APP: “P3 Tips”
This is the second case this week in which charges have been laid in connection with incidents that occurred decades ago. There is no statute of limitation on sex offences in Canada and we investigate all reported incidents, even if they occurred a long time ago.
Anyone who believes they are a victim of sexual assault is encouraged to report it to police no matter when the incident occurred.
Significant advances in DNA science have aided Calgary Police Service cold case sex crimes investigators with making an arrest in two sexual assaults that occurred nearly 40 years ago.
On Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, Patrick ZAMORA, 64, of Calgary, was charged in relation to two offences that occurred in 1981.
On June 16, 1981, a young, female nursing student was returning to her residence at the Foothills Medical Centre in the early morning hours when she was attacked by an unknown offender and raped.
In relation to this offence, ZAMORA has been charged with “Rape and Choking” as described in the 1981 Criminal Code of Canada.
A couple of weeks later, on July 1, 1981, a young, female lab technician was returning to her vehicle in the early morning hours after leaving a building on the Foothills Medical Centre campus, when she was attacked by an unknown offender and raped.
In relation to this offence, ZAMORA has been charged with “Rape” as described in the 1981 Criminal Code of Canada.
“These offences were investigated extensively in 1981 by detectives in the Sex Crimes Unit with no offender identified in relation to the attacks,” said Staff Sergeant Michelle Doyle. “These cases highlight that dedicated investigative work coupled with technological advances can result in new information, leading to charges. Even after 40 years, we will not stop investigating cold cases.”
ZAMORA is next scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
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Calgary Police Service
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