Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Naoum Abi-Samra, Ottawa high school teacher, charged with sexual assault

A Barrhaven high school teacher has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference after several incidents involving one of his students earlier this year, Ottawa police say.

A police investigation into Naoum Abi-Samra was launched when the force received allegations the 57-year-old had "made sexual comments and inappropriately touched one of his students," a media release issued Monday states.

He had been working at Pierre-Savard high school in Barrhaven since September 2012, but was suspended when the central east French Catholic school board, Conseil des ├ęcoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), became aware of the allegations on March 11, according to Celine Bourbonnais, the board's spokesperson.

Prior to working at Pierre-Savard Abi-Samra taught at another CECCE school, but the board would not say which.

Investigators allege there was more than one incident involving the Pierre-Savard student from January to April, and that they happened while Abi-Samra was performing his duties as a teacher.  (more...)

What's in the water in Barrhaven, anyway?

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