The Ladner teacher who had sexual assault charges against him stayed last summer is now suing Delta over the police investigation.
In November 2011, officers were called to Delta Secondary after a student alleged a teacher had sexually assaulted her. Robin Wait was identified by the girl and a friend through photos in the school yearbook. Wait was arrested on Nov. 6, 2011 at home in the presence of his wife and two young children.
According to the notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court last week, Wait was interviewed by police and denied any involvement in the incident. He was released with several conditions, including that he have no contact with his children.
A few days later, a second student made similar allegations and Wait was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual interference.
After the arrest and charges, Wait was suspended without pay by the Delta school district. District spokesperson Deneka Michaud said the district is still investigating the incident and Wait's status with the school district has not changed.
Last August, Crown counsel elected to stay the charges against Wait.
"The charges were initially based on allegations of inappropriate touching," Crown counsel spokesperson Neil MacKenzie said at the time. He said it was determined there was "no substantial likelihood of conviction" in the case.
Wait is suing the Corporation of Delta and four unnamed Delta police officers stating the investigation was negligent because the officers failed to properly interview the two girls and other relevant witnesses. According to court documents, Wait alleges the investigating officers failed to properly assess the credibility of the complainants and other relevant witnesses, and failed to properly execute a search warrant when they commenced a search of his residence before they were authorized to enter the premises.
Wait is seeking unspecified damages for loss of past and future employment income, damage to reputation and emotional distress.
No response has yet been filed to the notice of claim, which contains allegations that have not been proven in court.