Toronto Sun

Thursday, July 4, 2002

Teen to court: Sex not on mind

Teacher's sex trial

By ROB GRANATSTEIN, TORONTO SUN

BARRIE -- Sex wasn't on his mind while he was exchanging innuendo-laden notes with his teacher, a teen told court yesterday.

"I was real young -- 13," he testified. "I don't know what could've happened. I wasn't really thinking about sex."

But the 18-year-old said looking back he understands the notes and events that occurred with Laura Sclater, 31, from January to April 1998, were sexual in nature.

"Now that I'm older and have more experience with girls I understand more about it being sexual," he said.

Sclater is charged with sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault.

The boy told a preliminary hearing last year, the Children's Aid Society and the police it was not a sexual relationship.

Today, under his second day of cross-examination, the boy backed off allegations Sclater grabbed his buttocks during basketball games.

"I never remember her grabbing my buttocks," he said.

'DIDN'T SEXUALLY ASSAULT ME'

Sclater would rub her midsection against his "midparts" while jockeying for position under the hoop, he testified.

"At the time, I don't think it was a sexual assault against me," he said. "She didn't sexually assault me or assault me."

The boy's testimony and the Crown's case are scheduled to conclude today.

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