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Carbonear Collegiate teacher charged with sexual assault, child luring

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Paul Thomas, 54, was arrested and charged in October. (David Bell/CBC)

A high school teacher in eastern Newfoundland is facing charges in relation to an alleged sexual assault against a former student in 2015, according to the RCMP.

Paul Thomas, 54, of Coley's Point, N.L., is charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, luring a child and sexual interference.

Thomas teaches at Carbonear Collegiate, police said.

The RCMP, which said it received a report in August and then conducted a thorough investigation, which included obtaining a warrant to search the accused's home in October.

The RCMP said it seized and then examined electronic devices.

Thomas was arrested at his home during the search and was released from custody on the condition of not being in the presence of anyone under 16, unless in the company of another adult.

The RCMP said the investigation is ongoing, and that more charges could be laid.

Thomas is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Dec. 6.

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