Michael Tracey, former NLTA staffer, denied bail
A man who until recently worked as the IT administrator for the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association was denied bail when he appeared in provincial court in St. John's on Monday morning.
Michael Tracey, 36, was arrested in the early-morning hours of June 10 and charged with breaking into a house on Terra Nova Road in St. John's. According to court documents, he faces one count of break and enter into a home, two counts of trespassing at night and two counts of breaching conditions of his release.
A CBC News investigation recently revealed that Tracey already faces three dozen counts of fraud and identity theft in Alberta, even though he has been living and working for the NLTA in Newfoundland since last year.
When he didn't appear in court in Calgary as required last March, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He has since been picked up three times in Newfoundland for unrelated offences — twice for impaired driving, and once for malicious damage under $5,000 — but was never sent back to Alberta to face the outstanding charges.
The NLTA revoked Tracey's access to its computer system and offices after being contacted by CBC News about his legal situation out west.
The union also issued a message to members stating it was launching an audit "to be assured that teacher data has not been inappropriately compromised."
Last week, following Tracey's most recent arrest, an NLTA spokeswoman said there is "nothing new to report at this time" on the union's investigation. Later, the union forwarded a followup email to CBC noting Tracey "is no longer an employee."
On Monday, Judge Pamela Goulding said denying bail is necessary to ensure he appears in court, and to protect the public.
Tracey is due back in court July 3 for sentencing on some charged laid in this province.