Moncton teacher facing sex charges granted bail

A Moncton teacher facing sex-related charges has been granted bail on strict conditions.

Kenneth Gunn, of Harrison Trimble High School, released on strict conditions

A Moncton teacher facing sex-related charges involving two girls has been granted bail on strict conditions.

Kenneth Gunn, 39, of Riverview, who has been in custody since Nov. 14, was released on Wednesday.

"He’s very relieved and anxious to move on to the next phase," defence lawyer Gilles Lemieux told reporters outside the courtroom.

Gunn is scheduled to return to Moncton provincial court on Dec. 20 to enter pleas on charges of possession of child pornography, sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Lemieux could not comment on the case, saying he has not yet received disclosure.

In the meantime, Gunn, a tutor and teacher at Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton, has been ordered not to be alone, or in a position of trust, with anyone under the age of 18.

Anglophone East School District officials have declined to comment, but Lemieux said he believes his client is suspended.

Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman also ordered Gunn not to use or possess anything that connects to the internet, such as computers or smartphones.

"That's not run of the mill, but I think it's appropriate in this circumstance," said Lemieux.

"I have to say it’s the first time I’ve seen it done that way, but again, you have a very experienced judge who weighed everything and was very careful in her reasoning for the release and very careful in her conditions under which she’s prepared to release," he said.

Gunn must also remain in the Moncton area, surrender his passport, keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

The charges against Gunn relate to two girls under the age of 18, and are alleged to have occurred while Gunn was in a position of trust.

Police have not said whether the alleged victims were students at Harrison Trimble.

The offences allegedly occurred between Sept. 1, 2011 and Nov. 7, 2013.

The investigation, which began following a complaint, is ongoing. Codiac Regional RCMP are asking anyone with information related to the case to contact them.