Relationship with student crossed the line, former teacher admits
A former teacher accused of trying to lure a teen over the internet admitted Friday that his correspondence with a student crossed the line.
Jody Hale's trial has been continuing this week in a Grand Falls-Windsor courtroom.
He was 40 at the time of his online interaction with a 14-year-old female student at Cottrell's Cove Academy during the last school year. On Friday, he sat impassively in the witness box as he read some of the 5,000 or so Facebook messages he exchanged with the student.
Hale testified he felt stressed and alienated both at home and at work, adding the student was the only person he could open up to.
He said he told the girl he felt passionately about their friendship, that he dreamt of them kissing, and he sent the student love poems and handmade valentines.
Hale has pleaded not guilty to the charges, maintaining he never planned to physically act on his words.
His alleged victim - whose identity is protected by a court ban - also testified on Tuesday. She broke down crying on the stand, saying she was scared and confused by the relationship.
Hale will be back in court for cross-examination by the Crown in May, on the same day he's schedule to appear on another set of child-luring charges involving another student.