Saturday, April 30, 2016

Retired teacher guilty of sexual exploitation

OWEN SOUND - A retired OSCVI math teacher and girls' basketball coach pleaded guilty Friday in the Superior Court of Justice to sexual exploitation of a former student in a “secret relationship” over three years.

Gene Allan Cassidy, 60, of 270 8th Ave. E. in Owen Sound admitted to, while being in a position of trust or authority towards the underaged girl, touching her with his penis, hands and mouth over a three-year period in Owen Sound and elsewhere in Ontario.

A publication ban issued by Justice Clayton Conlan prohibits publishing details that would identify the victim.

Sentencing was delayed until June but assistant Crown attorney Andrew Shatto told the court he will seek a jail sentence of 18 months to two years less a day.

Defence lawyer Karen Jokinen of Barrie conceded jail would be coming because there's a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 days. Cassidy wouldn't be eligible for a conditional sentence as a result, she said. She and Shatto are “very far apart” on the recommended sentence.  (more...)

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