Teacher charged with sex assault
28-year-old educator worked across York Region
A female supply teacher was charged with three counts of sexual assault and sexual exploitation involving a teenage male student, following an investigation by York Regional Police ( YRP), and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario court of justice in early March.
The 28-year-old supply teacher lives in Vaughan and had been working at various high schools within the York Catholic District School Board since 2014.
Constable Laura Nicolle of YRP confirmed that at least one of the schools she worked in was located in Richmond Hill.
Police received information regarding this relationship and began their investigation on Jan. 26. They believe that the accused had a sustained relationship with the student between the months of October and December of 2017.
“The investigators have to develop the specific grounds to lay each charge,” said Nicolle. “[The charges] are in relation to the fact that there are three incidents that they have the adequate evidence to lay the charge. It does appear that there was more than one incident.”
Regarding the specific charges laid, Nicolle explained that, when the accused is in a position of authority over another person, any sexual contact is considered a sexual assault, particularly given the age gap.
Nicolle encouraged parents and other teachers to keep an open dialogue with their children “about relationships and being aware of who your children are spending time with and when and where and what the circumstances are.”
So far, YRP has laid charges relating to only the one victim but encourage anyone who may have any information on others to step forward.