08/28/2015 18:04 EDT | Updated 08/28/2016 01:12 EDT

B.C. high school teacher charged with sexual assault, suspended without pay

VANCOUVER — A 39-year-old high school teacher has been charged with sexually exploiting one of his female students in North Vancouver, B.C.

RCMP say Chad Smith of Langley was arrested on Thursday.

Police say the charge applies to an authority figure who sexually assaults a minor and that the allegations span the time between October 2012 and December 2014.

The school district says in a news release that Smith has taught at the school since 2005 and has been suspended without pay.

Cpl. Richard De Jong says he can't provide any more details about the allegations because of a publication ban.

Smith has been released from custody and is expected to appear in court on Sept. 9. 


The Canadian Press

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