04/14/2016 05:22 EDT | Updated 04/14/2016 05:22 EDT

George Gamble Charged With Sexual Assault At Saskatchewan Elementary School

DUCK LAKE, Sask. — Sexual assault charges have been laid after an RCMP investigation on a Saskatchewan reserve that involved a part-time employee at an elementary school.

RCMP say George Gamble is charged with three counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and five counts of sexual exploitation.

Police say Gamble, who is 23, made his first court appearance last week and is to appear again April 20.

The Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation council said in a statement that it fired a part-time employee at the school, but did not say why.

RCMP, social services called in

The council said it called in the RCMP and social services to ensure student safety.

It said its actions were guided by a provincial child abuse protocol and help was being made available.

"Our first priority is that our children and families feel safe and have the necessary counselling, mental health supports and spiritual guidance they require,'' read the statement.

"More resources and support may be called upon if required to assist our community.''

The First Nation is located about 85 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

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