Deborah Ralph, 57, of Langley, BC has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.
Deborah Ralph is a teacher with the Langley School District, and the charges relate to allegations made regarding incidents occurring from December, 1998 – June, 2001.
The victim contacted Langley RCMP on November 8th to advise he had been sexually assaulted by Ralph, while he was a student in elementary school. Ralph had previously been the victim’s teacher, but was not at the time of the offences.
“These allegations are extremely serious in nature, and the Langley RCMP Serious Crime Unit launched an investigation as soon as the matter was brought to our attention,” said Superintendent Derek Cooke, Officer in Charge, Langley RCMP Detachment.
Deborah Ralph was arrested on November 9th and on December 1st Surrey Crown Counsel approved the following charges against Ralph: Sexual Assault contrary to Section 271(1) CC and Sexual Interference contrary to Section 151 CC.
Deborah Ralph was released on conditions on November 10th. These conditions prohibit her from having contact with the victim, certain former students and any person under the age of 16 years.
Deborah Ralph taught at James Kennedy Elementary School from September, 1987 until June, 2010. She has taught at Langley Fundamental Elementary School from September, 2010 until the present. Ralph was removed from her teaching duties on November 9th, 2011 as soon as the RCMP’s concerns were brought to the attention of the Langley School District.
Investigators are continuing their efforts to determine if there are any further victims and have already conducted many interviews in regard to the allegations against Ralph. If you suspect your child may have been victimized, it is requested that you not attempt to interview your child. The RCMP has support personnel and specially trained investigators to interview children when conducting investigations of this nature.