Teacher who had sex­ual en­coun­ters with stu­dents gets two years

Kingston Whig-Standard - - ONTARIO NEWS -

BELLEVILLE, Ont. — An On­tario mid­dle-school teacher who had sex­ual en­coun­ters with sev­eral stu­dents and traded nude pho­tos with them has been sen­tenced to two years in prison.

Ja­clyn McLaren pleaded guilty on March 7 to two counts of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, two counts of lur­ing, pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy and mak­ing ex­plicit ma­te­rial avail­able to peo­ple un­der 18 and peo­ple un­der 16.

Jus­tice Stephen Hunter also set con­di­tions for the 37-year-old Stir­ling, Ont., woman at sen­tenc­ing in Belleville, Ont., on Fri­day.

Among those con­di­tions, Hunter or­dered McLaren to have no con­tact with the vic­tims, banned her for 10 years from be­ing in pub­lic places where chil­dren could be present, and placed her on pro­ba­tion for two years.

On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice orig­i­nally laid 42 charges against McLaren last year as a re­sult of of­fences that oc­curred from 2013 un­til early 2016 in Tweed, Ont., against young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 12 and 15.

Six of the eight young male vic­tims were stu­dents of McLaren — a French teacher at a school in a com­mu­nity near Belleville — with four of them un­der 18, and the other four un­der 16.

Court heard that McLaren was black­mailed into send­ing nude pho­tos of her­self af­ter a male stu­dent who was us­ing her phone for school pur­poses in class searched through her per­sonal pho­tos and found one of her ex­posed breasts.

The stu­dent showed it to two class­mates and af­ter McLaren asked the boys not to tell any­one about the photo, one of them de­manded she give him ad­di­tional pho­tos in ex­change for his si­lence, court heard.

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