|Former teacher Mary Gowans outside the University Ave. courthouse in downtown Toronto on Sept. 13, 2012. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)
TORONTO - A Scarborough teenager who alleged he had a sexual relationship with his former teacher possessed intimate knowledge about the woman, court heard Tuesday.
In her closing arguments to Justice John McMahon, Crown attorney Soula Olver said the complainant’s evidence — bolstered by his knowledge of such things as Mary Gowans’ breast implants — is “credible and reliable.
“Where did the teen hear that? She never told anyone she had breast implants,” said Olver.
Gowans, 43, has pleaded not guilty to charges involving her relationship with a former Joseph Howe Sr. student from November 2009 through January 2010. The teen was 15 at the time of the alleged relationship.
Olver noted there were 2,218 text messages and phone calls between the two in the last year of their friendship.
The teen, who cannot be identified, had babysat and mentored her children for two years. He helped Gowans run her school’s hockey team and running club and jogged alone with her.
Now an 18-year-old university student, the witness testified the handful of make-out sessions with Gowans occurred while he was babysitting her children at her home. Once her son almost caught them while they were making out in the basement, but Gowans jumped off the teen and gathered up some Leggo pieces, court heard.
Olver urged the judge to convict Gowans of charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.
Gowans’ lawyer Peter Brauti argued his client is innocent and should be acquitted. Gowans is a credible witness who was shocked when her student kissed her and grabbed at her crotch in January 2010.
The teen feared Gowans would tell his parents, so he “hedged his bets” by spreading his version to his sister first, said Brauti.
Describing him as “assertive, confident and to an extent, arrogant,” he said the teen manipulated his way into her life and then crossed the line.
McMahon will deliver judgment on Friday.