Friday, December 2, 2016
Ontario College of Teachers Hearings -- December 2016
Three-member panels of the Discipline Committee conduct public hearings into cases of alleged incompetence or professional misconduct... Discipline Committee panels have ordered that summaries of these recent disciplinary cases be published in Professionally Speaking. Copies of the full decisions are available at oct.ca/members/complaints-and-discipline/decisions.
A Discipline Committee panel revoked the Certificate of Qualification and Registration of Wayne Thomas Bodley, a former teacher at the Durham District School Board, for sexually abusing a student on numerous occasions... The panel heard that in 2006, while on a field trip to attend a conference, Bodley made a pass at the student. The student told Bodley something to the effect that he was not interested and asked him to drive him home. Bodley continued to make contact with the student. They “hung out” and engaged in sexual activity on numerous occasions, which included oral sex, mutual masturbation, watching pornography and sexual intercourse. As the relationship progressed between the two, Bodley gave the student marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes, beer and clothing. He also bought the student “poppers,” which is a liquid drug that lowers one’s inhibitions. They continued the personal and sexual relationship until the student graduated. In 2013, the student notified the board and the College of the personal and sexual relationship between the two. The same year, Bodley resigned from the board. The Discipline Committee panel found Bodley guilty of professional misconduct and directed the Registrar to revoke his Certificate of Qualification and Registration. In its written decision, the panel stated, “The Member’s repeated horrendous conduct over a number of years involved the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of an already vulnerable student. Moreover, the Member’s conduct jeopardized the public’s confidence in the teaching profession.”
A Discipline Committee panel revoked the Certificate of Qualification and Registration of Christine Ann Collini, a former teacher at the District School Board of Niagara, for sexually, physically and emotionally abusing vulnerable students... The panel heard that during the 2012–13 academic year, Collini invited two students to her house. She straddled one student on the couch and began to kiss him. She and the student got up and went to her bedroom. While they sat on the bed talking, she began kissing and touching his groin area. The student felt uncomfortable and left the bedroom. The second student went upstairs to her bedroom. When he arrived, Collini was lying on the bed undressed. They then had sexual intercourse. The board terminated her employment in November 2014... In its written decision, the panel stated, “The Member brought shame to the teaching profession through her abuse of her position of trust and authority.”
Christopher Charles Parkin, a former teacher employed by the Toronto District School Board, for sexually abusing students.... In the 2011–12 and 2012–13 school years, Parkin’s repeated misconduct involved the sexual, physical and emotional abuse of students, which included grooming of three students, inappropriate communications that started out as “friendly” and led to communications that were sexual in nature, and sexual contact. In 2014, he was found guilty of two charges of sexual exploitation and one charge of luring a child under the age of 16. He was sentenced to 15 months’ incarceration... In its written decision, the panel stated, “The Member brought shame to the teaching profession through his abuse of his position of trust and authority.”
A Discipline Committee panel revoked the Certificate of Qualification and Registration of Robert Michael Highill Woron, a College member and former teacher in Manitoba, for sexually abusing a student... The panel heard that from September 1 to September 30, 2009, Woron engaged in an sexual conduct with a student. In September 2013, Woron was criminally convicted for his actions and in October 2013 he was sentenced to six months’ incarceration and three years’ probation... In its written decision, the panel stated, “In addition to the harm that he has done to Student 4, the Member’s conduct has jeopardized the public’s trust in the teaching profession. Accordingly, the Member has forfeited the privilege of holding a teaching certificate in Ontario.”
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