Teacher charged with sex as­sault


A 56-year-old teacher at North Park Col­le­giate has been charged with sex-re­lated crimes fol­low­ing a month-long in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Brant­ford po­lice say.

Wil­liam Ed­ward Gemmell, 56, of Vit­to­ria in Nor­folk County, is charged with one count each of sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence.

Po­lice an­nounced the charges Thurs­day after par­ents were no­ti­fied of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion by North Park prin­ci­pal Philip Mid­g­ley.

Po­lice said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the child abuse and sex­ual as­sault unit started Nov. 1 and iden­ti­fied a fe­male vic­tim, aged 14 to 18.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the vic­tim had been “touched in­ap­pro­pri­ately” by a teacher at North Park, po­lice said.

Po­lice said no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion would be re­leased.

Gemmell has been as­signed to his home pend­ing res­o­lu­tion of his court pro­ceed­ing, said Kim­berly Ne­w­house, man­ager of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­mu­nity re­la­tions, for the Grand Erie District School Board.

“The Grand Erie District School Board and Brant­ford po­lice take this mat­ter very se­ri­ously,” she said, adding that the board will pro­vide no fur­ther com­ment un­til Gemmell’s court pro­ceed­ings are com­pleted.

Gemmell’s so­cial me­dia page says he’s a teacher of tech­nol­ogy and com­put­ers at North Park and pre­vi­ously worked at Pauline John­son Col­le­giate in Brant­ford and Delhi District Sec­ondary School in Nor­folk.

The page says Gemmell is from Toronto and went to Ge­orge Har­vey Col­le­giate.

In a recorded mes­sage sent to North Park par­ents and stu­dents, Mid­g­ley said Gem me ll started teach­ing at North Park in Septem­ber.

“The safety and well-be­ing of our stu­dents here at North Park Col­le­giate is our top pri­or­ity,” the prin­ci­pal said.

“Sup­ports have been of­fered and are in place for the vic­tim.

“They are also avail­able to any stu­dent who feels im­pacted by this event.”

Mid­g­ley said the school and the school board have worked closely with po­lice and will con­tinue to do so.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about their in­ves­ti­ga­tion to tele­phone Det. Jeff Cotter at 519-756-0113, ext. 2269 or email him at: jcot­[email protected]­lice.brant­ford.on.ca.

Peo­ple also can pro­vide anony­mous in­for­ma­tion through Crime Stop­pers at 519-750-8477.

The safety and well­be­ing of our stu­dents here at North Park Col­le­giate is our top pri­or­ity.” North Park Col­le­giate prin­ci­pal Philip Mid­g­ley

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