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Former P.E.I. music teacher's sex offences sentencing adjourned to Jan. 29

Former high school music teacher Roger Jabbour leaves the provincial courthouse in Charlottetown after being acquitted on sex-related charges dating back more than 25 years.
Former high school music teacher Roger Jabbour leaves the provincial courthouse in Charlottetown in this file photo.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A court date Monday to sentence a former P.E.I. music teacher found guilty of three sex offences has been adjourned to Jan. 29.

Halifax-based lawyer Joel Pink, who is representing Roger James Jabbour in this matter, was unable to attend court due to poor driving conditions.

Jabbour was found guilty on two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual interference in September following a trial.

Provincial Court Judge John Douglas found Jabbour not guilty of sexual assault and gave a conditional stay on the remaining charges.

During the trial, Douglas heard testimony from the three victims who were all in the Colonel Gray High School band at the time of the offences.

They told of time spent alone with Jabbour in his office where he would touch them and make comments about their clothing. When the contact started, two of the victims were 15 and the other was 14.

In one case, a victim testified Jabbour pulled her into his lap where she could feel his erect penis as she straddled him. That same victim said Jabbour told her he loved her and that society wouldn’t recognize their love.

In a separate trial involving a fourth alleged victim, Jabbour was acquitted in November on two charges of sexual exploitation of a female music student between April 1991 and February 1992.

Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr found the complainant was a credible witness who was being honest in her testimony. However, Orr said she wasn’t satisfied the woman’s evidence was sufficiently reliable.

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