A former Calgary teacher accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students about two decades ago has been found dead.
A source confirmed the body of Michael Gregory, 57, of De Winton was discovered on Vancouver Island on Monday.
City police say his death isn’t considered criminal and is non-accidental.
But police say his death doesn’t end their investigation into the case.
Last week, police announced Gregory had been charged with 11 counts of sexual exploitation and five counts of sexual assault related to crimes he allegedly committed as a teacher at John Ware junior high school.
The allegations came to light last September when a woman who was a student at the school reported she’d been sexually abused by the man during a 2001 canoe trip not sanctioned by the school.
He’s accused of having undressed the student and other girls, exposing them to members of the group.
During the police investigation, five other women who were John Ware students at the time came forward, claiming they’d also been sexually abused by Gregory between 1999 and 2005.
It’s alleged Gregory abused his position of trust to groom female students to eventually perform various sexual acts without their legal consent.
He was a teacher at the school from August 1986 to September 2006.
Police said it’s possible other students had been sexually exploited by Gregory and, if so, urged them to speak to them.
Their investigation will continue, partly to learn more about such incidents to reduce the likelihood of them happening in the future, said CPS.
“When a suspect or accused passes away before an investigation is complete, we still finish examining all the evidence to try to learn what happened,” said a statement from CPS.
“This hopefully allows us to give some closure and supports to victims, and helps ensure that no one else who still can be charged was involved in any offence.”
The Calgary Board of Education declined to comment on the allegations, citing the ongoing police investigation.