‘I didn’t do anything’: Female teacher accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old boy found not guilty

National Post | News

Nearly three years after being suspended from her job at Joseph Howe Senior Public School amid allegations she sexually assaulted a former student, Mary Gowans was vindicated in a downtown courthouse Friday.

But the 43-year-old, who has since retired from teaching and separated from her husband, swiftly acknowledged her acquittal was a hollow victory.

“The last three years of my life have virtually been destroyed as a result of the allegations,” said Ms. Gowans, who began sobbing quietly after Justice John McMahon delivered his verdict. “I’m glad it’s over. At the same time, I have the task of rebuilding my life now… and I just want to let everybody know that I didn’t do anything.”

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Regardless of the acquittal, defence lawyer Peter Brauti said, the damage to her reputation “will be difficult to recover from, if ever.”

Ms. Gowans was arrested in January 2010 after a former student…

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