Sentencing arguments for ex-high school teacher Tania Pontbriand delayed until June

Sentencing arguments for ex-high school teacher Tania Pontbriand, convicted of sexually assaulting one of her students, have been put off until June.

Pontbriand was found guilty in January of sexually assaulting and sexually exploiting the male student while in a position of authority.

The maximum sentence is ten years in prison while the minimum is one year.

The two sides in the case were unable to come to a common sentencing recommendation.

The crown and the defence ended up bickering before the judge at the St. Jerôme courthouse this morning, with the prosecutor saying she was ready to argue her case and that that she had made it clear to the defence earlier this week  that she objected to any postponements.

Pontbriand's defence attorney meantime said the pre-sentencing report, which was ready last Friday, is too short - three pages - and incomplete. She also said she needed more time to interview witnesses and claimed that she did not receive any formal objection from the crown about delaying the sentencing arguments.

Judge Valmont Beaulieu told the two to settle down and to take any such disputes out of his courtroom.

Sentencing arguments will now take place in mid-June but in Gatineau where the judge is now sitting.

Pontbriand, who remains free pending sentencing, was present in court, along with her two friends who have accompanied her throughout the trial, shielding her from media cameras and even the court artists in the courtroom.

The victim, now in his 20s, was not present.

Pontbriand was arrested in 2008 — six years after the crimes began.

The student was 15 at the time; Pontbriand was 32.

The relationship lasted from 2002 to 2004.

Pontbriand is appealing the conviction.

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