A judge in the case found that the teacher was not criminally responsible for a sexual relationship she carried out with a former student who was 15 years old at the time of that relationship. According to the Vancouver Sun (02/04/11), the teacher was misdiagnosed and given medication that caused her to be in an extreme "manic state" during the time of the relationship.
Although the teacher was charged with sexual touching, sexual exploitation and sexual assault, a judge declared the teacher not criminally responsible because of her manic state.
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Friends of the teacher said she began drinking excessively even though prior to the Effexor she was a light drinker. She also reportedly went days without sleeping and lost a significant amount of weight. The teacher's family members were concerned enough about the changes in her personality that they contacted her doctor.
During the manic period, the teacher began a sexual relationship with her former student, which continued until the boy's mother found out what was going on.
The teacher's trial reportedly lasted less than an hour before she was declared not criminally responsible due to mental illness, a decision even the prosecution seems to agree with.