Teacher sanc­tioned for al­leged sex­ual as­sault

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY RICHARD MAHONEY News Staff

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.

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