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Bonnie McLachlan Guilty Of Sexually Exploiting Grade 9 Student

04/19/2013 09:11 EDT | Updated 04/19/2013 09:13 EDT

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - A jury has found a former Saskatchewan teacher guilty of sexually exploiting one of her Grade 9 students in the 1990s.

Bonnie McLachlan wiped tears from her face after the verdict was read Friday.

She was consoled by her husband and other supporters in the courtroom.

The jury reached the verdict after two days of deliberations.

It was McLachlan's second trial on the charge. She was acquitted in 2011, but the Crown appealed and won.

McLachlan has been released until her sentencing hearing on Wednesday. She faces up to 10 years in prison.

Some witnesses testified in the first trial that they saw McLachlan straddle the student in a hot tub during a school trip to Banff, Alta., in May 1994.

Several school officials testified they heard of concerns about McLachlan’s relationship with the student before the trip.

"Justice has been served and our society's heading in the right direction by treating male and female victims in the same light," McLachlan's victim, who was 15 at the time, said outside court.

The victim, who is now in his 30s, said the verdict has given him closure.

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