Teacher charged with sex as­sault

28-year-old ed­u­ca­tor worked across York Re­gion

Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Jes­sica Wei

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.

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