Saskatoon teacher in court on child luring charge

A Saskatoon teacher is facing a charge of initiating sexual conversations online with a 16-year-old former student.

Accused of approaching former student online

Police say the accused teacher contacted a former student. (CBC)

A Saskatoon elementary school science teacher is accused of writing sex notes to a former student on facebook.

Jayson Clarke Kennard, 38, appeared in court yesterday charged with luring a child.

He is suspended with pay from job at Dundonald School while police and the school board continue the investigation.

According to police, the alleged conversations began in August. Officers from the internet child exploitation unit became involved and, after Kennard allegedly initiated further sexual conversations with the 16-year-old, a police officer assumed the identity of the victim.

Police then executed a search warrant and seized a laptop computer.

Both the school and the school division were involved in the investigation.

On Thursday afternoon, in a news release, officials from the Saskatoon Public School Board confirmed the accused is not currently teaching.