Monday, February 29, 2016

Eitz Chaim private schools didn't report teacher sexual assault allegations, say police

Staff at a group of Jewish private schools in Toronto did not notify authorities of allegations of sexual assaults dating back to the 80s, police say after an investigation that has now led to sexual assault charges being laid against a 55-year-old former Toronto elementary school teacher.

Stephen Schacter is now facing gross indecency, sexual assault and exploitation charges that date back to the 1980s and 1990s.

Police say the whole investigation started to take shape in December 2015 when he was arrested for possession of child pornography.

At the time, a photo of Schacter was released and began to circulate in the press. Investigators say that led to three people coming forward with allegations of assault.

Police say Schacter worked as an elementary school teacher teaching Grade 1 and Grade 2 for the Eitz Chaim private schools between 1986 and 2004. But investigators say the earliest alleged sexual offence goes back to 1982.  (more...)


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