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To work in a profession that requires one to be in a position of trust can be both a blessing and a curse. The public generally holds such people in high regard; doctors, police officers, teachers and others have respect in their communities. They are also held to a higher standard than most other professionals. When allegations of misconduct circulate, public reaction can be swift and strong, even before a conviction. An Ontario teacher facing charges of sexual assault likely knows all this first hand.
Peel Regional Police arrested a Brampton high school teacher on June 6. The teacher is accused of having carried on an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Subsequent to his arrest, a second girl, a 17-year-old former student of the teacher, came forward with similar allegations.
The accused, a 45-year-old Brampton man, faces two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual assault. Though none of the allegations have been proven in court, the man’s employer, the Peel District School Board, sent a letter to parents explaining the situation and apparently arranged for the accused to work from home until the legal proceedings are complete. His next court appearance is in July, after the end of the school year.
The damage to a person’s professional reputation can be difficult to undo after an accusation of sexual assault goes public. The best hope for any person in this predicament is to try to swiftly and surely defend against the charges in hopes of minimizing the damage. Any man or woman charged with sex crimes in Ontario should seriously consider contacting a lawyer with the skill and tenacity to effectively defend him or her throughout the criminal proceedings.
Source: CTV News – Toronto, “More charges for Brampton teacher accused of sexual relationship with student“, Rachael D’Amore, June 9, 2017