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OCDSB Responds to Charges Against Employee

OCDSB Responds to Charges Against Employee
Posted on 01/01/2019
OCDSB Responds to Charges Against Employee

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been advised by the Ottawa Police Service that an individual employed by the OCDSB has been charged with offences related to sexual assault between 2000 and 2018. These are in addition to similar charges against the same individual announced by the Ottawa Police Service in August 2019.

The OCDSB has been cooperating fully with the Ottawa Police Service since the start of this investigation. The employee was removed from the classroom and this will continue until the conclusion of this matter through the courts. The OCDSB also contacts the Ontario College of Teachers and undertakes an internal investigation on such matters and determines any further action from an employment perspective.

As an organization, we take our duty of care very seriously and are committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been working with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to create a culture of awareness and protection for all students. This includes training on professional boundaries, updating policies, creating a culture of reporting incidents of concern, and practices for investigating incidents of concern. In 2019, nearly all OCDSB school-based staff participated in a mandatory learning program through the CCCP’s Commit to Kids program. In the new year, the OCDSB will be bringing forward a policy on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

The CCCP website includes a number of valuable resources for educators and parents, including information about Understanding and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse , resources to help Keep Kids Safe, information about Online Safety, how to Take Action, and resources to support Families of Survivors.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5760 or via email at mcm@ottawapolice.ca. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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