Another woman comes forward in Fertig case

Warren Fertig, a former teacher and local business owner is facing new charges of rape and sexual assault stemming from the 1970s after a second woman has come forward.

Fertig, 70, was initially charged in September with one count of rape, one count of sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14 and one count of sexual intercourse with a female between the age of 14 and 16. These charges stem from May 2010 when Red Deer RCMP initiated an investigation into a historic sexual assault after receiving a complaint.

It is alleged that Fertig, who was a teacher at Riverglen School at the time, had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student between 1975 and 1977. The female student was 12 years old when the relationship started and 15 when it ended.

Because of media coverage over the past two months, RCMP received a second complaint from another former student. The female was victim was a 15-year-old student at Riverglen School in 1971 when the alleged incidents took place.

Fertig is now also charged with two counts of indecent assault on a female.

Last week, Fertig had his plea reserved in Red Deer Provincial Court. Dave Inglis was acting as agent for Fertig’s lawyer, Alain Hephner out of Calgary.

Fertig was not present in court although Inglis told Judge Gordon Deck he expected Fertig would be there.

He will appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Dec. 13. He has been released on $50,000 cash bail.

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