CBC News has learned the teacher facing sex charges for inappropriately touching two pre-teen girls at a pool was a substitute math teacher at Crestwood School in west Edmonton.

In the past, he had also taught at Grandview Heights and T.D. Baker.

Christopher Herodek, 48, was charged with two counts each of sexual assault and sexual interference after two incidents at the Terwillegar Recreation Centre pool on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.

Police spokesman Scott Pattison said the lifeguard noticed “peculiar activity” underwater in the “lazy river” pool as two girls swam by.

 The lifeguard then contacted EPS.

Pamela Mantyak and takes her children to swim at the rec centre often. She said parents in the community were shocked and disturbed by the news.

“There are no words to describe it as a parent.”

“You go there as a family and hope to have fun and enjoy yourselves as a family, and that's the last thing we want to hear – that the safety of our children is at risk."

Eighteen-year-old Erika Dauphinee said the incident served as a reminder to be constantly alert to what is happening around you.

"It's scary to know that, but it happens everywhere," she said.

Meanwhile, staff at Crestwood School have called in Little Warriors, an organization that promotes awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Founder Glori Meldrum said her organization will counsel teachers about how to prevent child sexual abuse. 

Police said Friday the charges do not involve any of Herodek’s students. EPS is now investigating to determine whether there were any other victims.

Herodek has been suspended with pay.


  • An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Little Warriors was being brought in to counsel teachers about how to talk to students about the charges laid against Christopher Herodek. In fact, Little Warriors say they will be talking to teachers on how to prevent child sexual abuse.
    Jan 13, 2014 7:58 PM MT