POLITICS

Man sticks to story that he was sexually assaulted by a teacher at age 12

03/07/2012 07:38 EST | Updated 05/07/2012 05:12 EDT
VERNON, B.C. - A man who claims he was sexually assaulted by a teacher in Vernon, B.C., beginning when he was 12 years old is sticking to his story despite accusations from the defence that he's lying.

The man, who's now 22-years-old and can't be named, has testified he had sexual contact with Deborah Ashton as many as 231 times between 2002 and 2005.

Defence lawyer Terry La Liberte accused the man of making up stories about the incidents, pointing out the man never saw a large tattoo Ashton has on her torso.

The witness replied that Ashton got that tattoo later, and besides, she was wearing a shirt during the encounters.

No one saw the two involved in sex acts, and the boy never told anyone about them until about two years after they ended.

The 47-year-old Ashton has pled not guilty to five charges she faces in the trial, which is her second after the first trial ended in a hung jury. (CKIZ)