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A high school youth worker in P.E.I. has been charged with sexually exploiting and providing illegal drugs to a minor.
Queens District RCMP charged the 58-year-old man Sept. 18 with sexual exploitation under Section 153 of the Criminal Code and trafficking a controlled substance under Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The alleged victim is known to the suspect, who is a longtime youth worker with Bluefield High School.
RCMP believe the alleged offences occurred between Aug.1 and Aug. 31. Police are continuing the investigation.
English Language School Board Superintendent Cynthia Fleet told The Guardian the employee in question has been placed on leave.
"The school board has a process that it follows in matters such as this, and for now it is suffice to say for parents to be assured that the individual has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the matter in the courts," Fleet said.
"I'm not prepared to make any other comment except that our process regarding any matter such as this regarding an employee is being followed."
Fleet refused to disclose any details about this school board process.
Likewise, the RCMP refused to disclose any further details about this case. Neither Fleet nor police would confirm whether the victim was a student at the school or whether students at Bluefield would be questioned in connection with this case.
"The investigation is still ongoing, so we have to protect the integrity of the investigation," said Sgt. Dwayne Loppie of the Queens District RCMP.
"The other thing is we're dealing with an underage person so we cannot take any chances of identifying that person. So I'm just erring on the side of caution and I've sent (the information) I can send and that's pretty well it."
Arthur Francis McGuigan, 58, of Charlottetown has been released from police custody on his undertaking to appear in Charlottetown Provincial Court on Sept. 30.