Nova Scotia

High school principal cleared on sex charges

Doug Keyes, a high school principal from the Annapolis Valley who was facing sex charges, has been found not guilty.

Judge Allan Tufts says complainant was not credible

Doug Keyes, a high school principal from the Annapolis Valley who was facing sex charges, has been found not guilty.

Keyes, a principal at Avon View High School in Windsor, was facing 10 charges including sexual assault and sexual touching.

The charges stem from a complainant who said he was victimized by Keyes in 1998.

Judge Allan Tufts said the complainant was not credible.

"It's a tragedy as to what happened in this particular case," said Joel Pink, the lawyer who represented Keyes.

"I think this is a prime example of where you had an unhappy student who wanted certain things and didn't get it. And as a result of that, he lodged a complaint with the police."

Keyes was also originally charged with breach of trust, using a computer with intent to commit a criminal offence and producing a false document, but those charges were withdrawn by the Crown in October after he pleaded guilty to a single breach of trust charge.

In that charge, Keyes admitted he altered a student's marks to get him into the military. Keyes will be sentenced for breach of trust in June.

He has been on paid administrative leave from his job as principal of Avon View High School since he was charged in December 2011. His future as an educator will now be decided by the union and the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board.

Keyes, of Gypsum Mines, became principal at the school in August 2009.

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