A former Edmonton high school teacher has been accused of sexually assaulting one of his students.

The accusation comes eight years after the alleged assault.

Harvey Klok, 47, taught at the Edmonton Christian High School near 143rd Street and 109th Avenue from 2000 to 2007, at which point he left of his own accord, said a representative for the Edmonton Public School Board.

According to the complainant, the alleged assault took place over a period of four months from September to December, 2004.

Det. Barb Clover said Monday that the complaint was made last year, at which point Edmonton police took up their investigation.


Det. Barb Clover said that Klok was arrested on May 16, 2013 - about one year after the complaint was first made. (CBC)

"[The alleged victim] did take some time to come forward because there still is a stigma attached, especially when it is a male victim," said Clover.

Klok, who has been living in Newfoundland, was brought back to Edmonton by the police and arrested on May 16.

He has since been released on bail and has returned to Newfoundland, but has been told he is not allowed to have any unsupervised contact with children.

According to Clover, police are still looking into the possibility of other victims.

Jane Sterling, Communications Supervisor for the Edmonton Public School Board, spoke out on Monday against the alleged assault.

"Our heart breaks for this young person as they come forward and have to share the details of this."

"It’s terrible when you hear about this type of thing," said Sterling. "We’re in the business of children and keeping children safe, and we’re in a position of trust. And for that to be violated in any way doesn’t sit well with any of us."