Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ottawa teacher's aide admits sexually exploiting student for two years

The high school student had always struggled in class so when he met teacher’s aide Kathy Kitts, he was grateful. She would, he felt, guide him through graduation day.

She helped him with his homework, and he trusted her. But a year later, when he turned 15, he said things started to change.

“She wanted to see me at lunch and on spares, see me alone and away from others. I was too young and too trusting to realize what was going to happen,” the student wrote in a victim-impact statement filed in Ottawa court on Thursday after Kitts, who turns 46 on Friday, pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting the boy for two years.

The teacher’s assistant sexually assaulted the boy daily in school or on lunch break, sometimes in the backseat of her van or at a nearby park, court heard.

“I had no choice but to agree. If I said no, she wouldn’t help me with homework and I would fail,” he wrote in his statement.

Scared and angry, he said in his statement that he slowly started to lose ‘all my feelings.’

“I sealed them deep inside my heart and brain and waited for high school to be over.”

And he said he had never felt so alone.  (more...)

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