Friday, May 23, 2008

Edmonton teacher gets probation for attempted sexual assault

An Edmonton substitute teacher who admitted slipping a drug into his longtime friend's drink before making sexual advances towards her has narrowly avoided jail. Francis Avelino Angeles, 29, was yesterday handed an 18-month conditional sentence to be served in the community after pleading guilty in provincial court to administering a noxious substance.

After accepting a joint submission for the non-custodial sentence, Judge James Wheatley told Angeles he had a hard time not putting him behind bars and warned him he could be put in jail if he breaches any conditions.

According to agreed facts, Angeles had known the victim for 13 years and she considered him just a friend despite him often expressing an interest in having a relationship. On Nov. 16 she went to his home after agreeing to his request that she teach him basic piano songs, court heard.

After the musical lesson they had pizza and orange juice. Soon after drinking the juice, the 28-year-old woman began feeling "very heavy and tired" as well as "jittery and frantic" and then Angeles began coming onto her.

The woman managed to fend off her unwanted admirer and leave the home, driving quickly to a friend's place. The friend took her to see a doctor and then to the police. A urine sample revealed Angeles had spiked the orange juice with the illegal designer drug ecstasy.

Angeles was put under house arrest for the first six months of his sentence and a nightly curfew for the balance. He must also take a sexual offender relapse program and perform 50 hours of community work.

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