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Teen describes intimate messages with Regina teacher on trial for sex crimes

Teen describes intimate messages with Regina teacher on trial for sex crimes
Teen describes intimate messages with Regina teacher on trial for sex crimes

WARNING: This story contains disturbing details.

The trial of Jeffrey Dumba on sex-related charges continued Wednesday in Regina with testimony from the teen who said she exchanged sexually explicit photos and videos with the high school teacher.

She described in court how they began exchanging messages via Snapchat in 2021, then via text message, and how they became increasingly intimate over the course of two months.

Dumba, 52, is charged with, among other things, soliciting a minor to touch himself sexually, distributing sexually explicit material to a minor and possessing child pornography. He has pleaded not guilty.

The identity of the teenager, who was 15 at the time, is subject to a publication ban.

On Tuesday, as the teen’s testimony began, the court watched as her first police interrogation took place on September 2, 2021. Dumba was arrested the following day.

On Wednesday, District Attorney Loren Klein asked the teen when she met Dumba in person and how she got in touch with him during the summer months of 2021. The teen said she began interacting with him at school during the second half of the 2020-21 school year.

She said she added him to one of her Snapchat accounts in late June 2021. She said his username was “jiffdumba” and testified she didn’t know it was him. The teen said she sent him a photo of her face and revealed she was in high school.

She said she sent him “intimate images” before they revealed who they were to each other and that they shared their identities “within a week.” She said they exchanged phone numbers around that time.

The teen said Dumba called it “the worst situation possible” because she was a college student. She said he texted her something along the lines of “What’s done is done,” and that they could continue messaging.

Intimate images

The teen testified that the conversations over text messages took a more sexual turn. She said she sent between 10 and 15 intimate photos and received five to 10 photos of Dumba’s penis.

The teen said she sent him sexually intimate videos of herself, but never received any videos from Dumba.

“He complimented me and told me what he would do to me sexually if I was there. He talked about performing oral sex and then having sex with me,” the teen said.

She told the court that Dumba invited her to his home three times and that he sent her his address once.

The teen said that at the beginning of the school year, Dumba asked her to stop texting him at school and that he had “no weird vibes” and was in a “happy relationship.”

The court showed the girl a file on her phone titled “My Eyes Only,” in which she had saved photos she said were of Dumba’s penis.

The teen identified a nude photo as hers and a separate photo of a blanket that was hers, which was taken as evidence. She said the nude photo also included the blanket.

Teen cries as she describes the aftermath

Towards the end of Klein’s interrogation, the teenager broke down in tears as she described how the events had affected her, including her relationship with her mother and her experiences at school.

“Once it happened, it destroyed my life. I lost friends. I lost my high school experience. I lost the trust and support of my parents.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Dumba’s attorney Darren Kraushaar questioned the teenager.

He asked her about a schoolmate and former friend who testified Monday that the teen showed her images, prompting the friend to report the incident to school police.

The girl denied having discussed the issue with her friend and only asked her to quell any rumours.

The teen told school she told a male student she wasn’t close to about details of her relationship with Dumba. Kraushaar said “that’s bullshit.”

Kraushaar asked the teen if she had shown her mother Dumba’s Instagram, since her mother had testified. The teen denied this.

He asked her if she had told a family member that she wanted to have sex with Dumba, and the teen replied, “Yes.”

The trial continues on Thursday.