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A 28-year-old supply teacher is facing charges that stem from an alleged relationship with a teenage male student for three months in 2017. The Ontario woman, who subbed for the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB), has been charged with sexual assault. She occasionally taught for the school board for the last three years.
A spokesperson for the YCDSB said the board does everything it can to ensure the safety of its students and its staff. The accused teacher is no longer actively teaching for the board and is on paid leave. The spokesperson also said the board is cooperating fully with York Regional Police regarding an ongoing investigation and has made counselling services available to both students and staff.
Meanwhile, a friend of the accused said the woman is very caring and was shocked to hear about the allegations. The woman, who is a Vaughn resident, has been charged with three counts each of sexual exploitation and sexual assault. She is likely working alongside legal counsel to prepare a defense to the formal charges.
Individuals who are facing serious criminal charges like sexual assault have the right in Ontario to mount an aggressive defence. Getting a legal team together to do that is typically the first order of business in such circumstances. An Ontario criminal lawyer may be able to work with the Crown to lessen any imposed sentence or may even be able to argue successfully to have the charges dropped. An experienced attorney will know how to dissect the accusations and prepare a defence designed to achieve the best result possible under the circumstances.
Source: thestar.com, “Female York Region teacher charged with sexual assault of male student“, Alanna Rizza, Feb. 8, 2018