Former teacher convicted of sleeping with student over 200 times

Former gym teacher Tania Pontbriand was convicted Thursday of sex assault after a 15-year-old...

Former gym teacher Tania Pontbriand was convicted Thursday of sex assault after a 15-year-old student said they had sex more than 200 times. ELAINE NICOL/QMI AGENCY

Valerie Gonthier, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 PM ET

SAINT-JEROME, Que. — Former gym teacher Tania Pontbriand was convicted Thursday of sex assault after a 15-year-old student said they had sex more than 200 times.

Pontbriand, now 43, is accused of having a romantic relationship with the teenager between 2002 and 2004. She was 32 years old at the time.

The student, now in his 20s, said the pair first had sex on a weekend camping trip north of Montreal in May 2002.

The court heard they also had sex in her office and at her home. The boy reported Pontbriand to police in 2007.

The Crown presented DNA traces from Pontbriand the teenager found on a sleeping bag.

She has repeatedly denied the affair ever happened despite an earlier school board report that also concluded she took advantage of the student's vulnerability.

The mother of two was suspended without pay following her arrest in July 2008.


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