Police have charged a Winnipeg high school teacher and coach with sexual exploitation.

Regan Moses, a social studies teacher at Fort Richmond Collegiate, has been put on paid leave, says Lawrence Lussier, who is superintendent of the Pembina Trails School Division.

"I'm really quite saddened," says Lussier. "Anytime a teacher is accused of a crime like this, they're in a position of trust."

Police say the accused turned herself in on January 6 and was charged with sexual exploitation. Police say the investigation began in January of last year.

The alleged offence occurred with a former student between February 2006 and February 2008.

Police say the charge of sexual exploitation applies when a person is in a position of authority, such as a case with a teacher and a student.

Fort Richmond students say they're shocked by the allegations.

"She was my geography teacher and was really into human rights," says Jessie Krahn. "She was really nice and a really good teacher."

Lussier says a notice went out to parents and teachers on Friday.

A court order is now in place preventing Moses from being in charge of, or in an authority position over males under the age of 18.

Moses was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court in on March 5.

-- with a report from CTV's Deborah Mensah-Bonsu