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Two sex charges dropped against Halifax school teacher

By Jacob Moore Jun 7, 2024 | 11:18 AM

A Halifax teacher who faces multiple sex charges had two dropped because there was “no realistic prospect of conviction,” according to the crown.

However, Moriarty was issued a peace bond, which means he can’t contact the sexual assault survivor in the case for one year, except through a lawyer. Moriarty also can’t go within 50 metres of the survivor’s home, school or job.

The survivor’s identity is protected by a publication ban.

“The crown determined that this case did not meet the threshold for a conviction and was therefore obligated to withdraw two sexual violence charges in court,” writes Melissa Noonan, spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service.

The charges dropped Thursday were:

  • one count of sexual assault
  • one count of sexual touching by a person in a position of trust

Moriarty faces additional charges for allegedly recording five women and girls in a bathroom at the Abenaki Aquatic Club in Dartmouth in July 2023.

His trial for those charges is set for July.

He was placed on leave from his teaching job at Woodlawn High School after the charges were announced last summer.