Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ottawa Sunday school teacher charged with human trafficking

A former Sunday school teacher and husband of a children’s pastor has been charged by Ottawa police with human trafficking.

Matthew Valentini, 34, is charged with trafficking of a person under the age of 18, drug possession and driving with a suspended license. He was arrested last Friday for “offences relating to the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old female over a period of time between 2013 and 2014,” police said on Tuesday.

Valentini is a former computer consultant who lived in Fredericton, N.B. before returning to Ottawa in 2011, according to his wife Miranda Valentini’s staff profile on the Sunnyside Wesleyan Church website. Miranda Valentini is the children’s pastor at the Ottawa church. A fall teaching schedule from 2011 lists Matthew Valentini as a Grade 5 Sunday school teacher. The schedule for this year’s Sunday school session appeared to have been removed from the church website by Tuesday morning.  (more...)

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