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Canadian teacher accused of sexually assaulting teen faces judgment day



Canadian teacher accused of sexually assaulting teen faces judgment day

A judge is set to decide whether Edmonton, Alberta, music teacher Alyssa Tungul is guilty of sexually assaulting a student, or if the student, in fact, sexually assaulted her, the CBC reports.

Tungul has been charged with sexual assault and unlawful touching of a student in one of the music teacher’s classes.

The teacher allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy between June 1 and November 30, 2016.

At the time the music teacher was 26 years old.

In Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench on Monday, Justice Susan Bercov heard closing arguments from the Crown and defence.

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The identity of the alleged victim, who is now 20, has been shielded due to his age at the time of the incidents in question.  

During the trial, Alyssa Tungul admitted that during her tenure as a music teacher, she had sexual intercourse with the teenage boy once in her cousin’s basement. 

However, she insisted that the boy forced himself on her out of the blue and that she did not consent to the act.

CTV News reports that the former student testified that Alyssa Tungul sexually abused him multiple times.

Her former student has alleged the two had sex and oral sex in 2016 on multiple occasions with most of them occuring inside her vehicle while it was parked in public places including alleys, a Dairy Queen parking lot and under a bridge.

Closing arguments conclude in trial for teacher accused of sexually assaulting her former student

Justice Susan Bercov, who has overseen the case against the music teacher, will issue her decision at a hearing scheduled for June 25.

Alyssa Tungul’s attorney, Brian Vail, has denied the former student’s assertions that she repeatedly defiled him.

Vail insisted that instead, Tungul maintained a platonic relationship with the teen after he graduated from school, as she did quite innocently with many other former pupils.

The Edmonton Journal reports that the teen communicated with her via Snapchat.

The student reached out to her on Snapchat, and she occasionally shared song lyrics, sheet music and books with him, including a book of poetry.

Judge hears closing arguments in case of Edmonton school teacher accused of sexually abusing student

Alyssa Tungul also reportedly counseled the boy from the music teacher’s class about his academic struggles and other personal woes.

The former student insisted during the trial that it was Tungul who initiated the sex on the basement couch.

Tungul testified that despite the fact that she feared him in the wake of what she said was a sexual assault on his part, she continued to see the teen because she didn’t want to “piss him off” and lead him to go to the police.

Knewz previously reported that the teen said he had also been abused by his mother.

He did not come forward for two years, ultimately revealing he had been abused to his mother during an argument. “I don’t want anything,” David said to a detective, expressing he didn’t want Tungul to go to jail or get fired. “I just want to do the right thing.”

Music teacher on trial for having sex with her teen boy student, taking his virginity, claims HE ‘forced her into sexual liaisons’

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New Hampshire bar patron leaves staff $16K tip



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A New Hampshire bar patron who ordered two chili dogs, fried pickle chips and drinks earlier this month left the staff a whopping $16,000 tip, according to reports.

The generous tip, which was tacked onto a $37.93 tab, was left by a man at the Stumble Inn Bar and Grill in Londonderry on June 12, WMUR reported.

“Don’t spend it all in one place,” the tipper, who wished to remain anonymous, told his shocked bartender, according to the bar’s owner, Mike Zarella.

“That’s what made her flip it over and look, and she’s like, ‘Oh my god, are you serious?,” Zarella said.

The bar’s owner, Mike Zarella, said he thought the customer may have made a mistake, but the man reassured him he meant to leave that amount.

“He just said that they deserve it, they work very hard,” Zarella said, referring to his workers.

Zarella told Fox News that the bar and kitchen staff split the tip.

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Virginia woman used inmate names to help $700k pandemic relief scheme



Virginia woman used inmate names to help $700k pandemic relief scheme

A Virgina woman stole nearly $700,000 in pandemic relief funds — using the personal information of unsuspecting prison inmates to help her scheme, according to federal prosecutors.

Farren Ricketts, 30, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to defraud the government from May 2020 to February 2021 by filing over 100 fake pandemic unemployment benefit claims, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Virginia.

As part of the scheme, Ricketts created a state-registered business that billed itself as a financial services company that provided help with completing pandemic unemployment claims, the feds said.

Ricketts even filed fraudulent claims for her husband, who in actuality was ineligible to receive the payments, prosecutors said.

Many of the claims were also accompanied by doctored IRS forms that falsely reported pre-pandemic income, according to prosecutors.

Ricketts pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, one count of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Her sentencing is scheduled for October 29.

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Graham calls cartels, Taliban, China ‘winners’ in Biden administration



Graham calls cartels, Taliban, China 'winners' in Biden administration

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accused the Biden administration Tuesday of practicing “incompetent domestic and foreign policy” that is only benefitting criminals and US adversaries.

“All these policies are blowing up in the Biden-Harris administration’s face,” Graham told Fox News’ “Hannity”. “Six months since they’ve been in charge — let’s name the winners in the past six months.

“Drug cartels in Mexico, human traffickers and coyotes in Mexico, the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Iranian ayatollah, Russia, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and China have all been the biggest winners of incompetent domestic and foreign policy,” the senator added.

The Department of Homeland Security is set to announce Wednesday that thousands of asylum-seekers whose claims were dismissed due to failure to appear in immigration court will get a chance to come to the US make their case, a move Graham described as another example of the White House being “incompetent and foolish when it comes to managing illegal immigration.”

Turning to the coronavirus pandemic, Graham called for a revival of federal legislation that would allow Americans to sue the Chinese government for damages.

“I think I could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the virus came from a lab, not from a bat to animal into human beings … You can convict somebody in a court of law,” Graham told host Sean Hannity.

“So what do we need to do? We need to allow the American people to go to an American court and sue the Chinese Communist Party for ruining their lives and their businesses by waiving sovereign immunity like we did after 9/11 for Saudi Arabia,” the South Carolinian continued. “So I’m going to challenge my Democratic colleagues to open the American court system up so we can get to the bottom of what happened in China.

“The best way to get to the truth is to have a trial over where it came from and how it got to America, and I’m convinced this came from a lab leak,” Graham added. “I don’t think it was intentional, but it didn’t come from nature.”

A bill waiving sovereign immunity for China was introduced last year by then-Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee but died without receiving a floor vote.

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