Teacher sanctioned for alleged sexual assault
A former Char-Lan District High School teacher has been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Ontario College of Teachers for allegedly sexually assaulting a student four years ago.
However, police have not laid any charges against Sheryl Anna Jean Fontaine, whose teaching licence was revoked following a July 9 hearing by the college’s disciplinary committee.
At an earlier hearing, in September, 2018, the college determined that Ms. Fontaine, who was employed by the Upper Canada District School Board, “engaged in an inappropriate personal relationship” with a student during the 2014-2015 academic year,
The soccer coach allegedly “engaged in inappropriate contact” with a student during a tournament, the college concluded.
Lake Placid incident
Ms. Fontaine slept in the same hotel bed with the student, kissed the student, touched the student’s breasts and rubbed her thigh, the ruling says. The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment did not lay any charges against the woman, relates spokesperson Constable Tylor Copeland.
However, “There was an incident reported to Lake Placid police,” adds Constable Copeland.
He was not aware if any charges had been laid by authorities in the New York State town.
At press time the Lake Placid police department had not responded to a request by The News for information.
The teachers’ college ruling says that the teacher had also offered alcohol to the victim, attended extracurricular sporting events with the student and encouraged her to spend her lunch hour in the teacher’s classroom, the college says.
The coach sent texts or other electronic messages of a personal nature to the student and “failed to properly report personal issues involving” the student, “within a reasonable time of becoming aware of them.”
In February, 2015, the teacher sent text messages to the student, despite having been advised by her principal not to communicate with the student except for professional purposes.
According to the information posted on the OCT’s web page, Ms. Fontaine obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Carleton University in 1988 before acquiring a Master of Science in Teaching at State University of New York at Potsdam in 1996.