Former Red Deer teacher accused of sexual exploitation, luring to face trial next year

By rdnewsNOW staff
March 5, 2018 - 11:44am Updated: March 5, 2018 - 1:49pm

A former Red Deer high school teacher facing sex-related charges will go to trial a year from now.

Rhett Lundgren, 41, is charged with two counts of luring a child under 18, and single counts of sexual exploitation, making, printing or publishing child porn, and distributing or selling child porn.

Lundgren was a teacher at Hunting Hills High School in 2008 when the alleged offences took place.

Red Deer RCMP charged Lundgren in January 2017 after a female victim, who was 17 at the time, came forward. Lundgren pleaded not guilty and has elected to be tried by judge alone.

The matter sent to trial following a preliminary hearing in January. That trial has been scheduled for March 21, 2019 in Red Deer Court of Queen’s Bench.

The name complainant and details from the preliminary hearing are under publication ban.

Lundgren is also facing child pornography charges out of Saskatoon, where he also worked as a high school teacher. He was arrested in Dec. 2016 and charged with accessing child pornography and arranging to commit a sexual offence against a child. Saskatoon police said the target was a child between the age of eight and 10. His trial on those matters is scheduled for June 18 - 26, 2018 in Saskatoon.

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