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OCDSB Statement Regarding Charges Against Employee

OCDSB Statement Regarding Charges Against Employee
Posted on 07/02/2020
OCDSB Statement Regarding Charges Against Employee

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been advised by the Ottawa Police Service that Majed Turk, an individual employed by the OCDSB, has been charged with one count of sexual assault, one count of sexual interference and one count of criminal harassment.

These are serious charges and we would ask that anyone with information please contact police.

The OCDSB has been cooperating fully with the Ottawa Police Service since the start of this investigation. We contacted the authorities after we were first made aware of concerning allegations in November 2019. The employee was immediately 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 Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Commit to Kids program

Their 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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