Friday, March 10, 2017

Toronto teacher found guilty of sex offences with students, but his name can't be reported

The masked molester
A Toronto private school teacher has pleaded guilty to sex-related offences involving two students but due to a court order, neither the teacher's name nor that of the school he worked at can be reported.

CBC and The Globe and Mail challenged the publication ban on Thursday. The Ontario court judge, Justice James Chaffe, will make a decision later this month.

Issued in February in order to protect the identities of the victims, it also prevents the publication of the teacher's name and former school.

"It's outrageous. A publication ban on an accused name is rare and extraordinary. The public is entitled to know the names of individuals who've been charged criminally, especially some one who has been convicted of sex offences," said Iain MacKinnon, the lawyer representing CBC and The Globe and Mail.

The male teacher, 43, was found guilty Thursday of sexual interference, sexual exploitation and making child pornography.

The victims, aged 14 and 16 at the time of the crimes, were both in court and read victim impact statements.  (more...)

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