Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Waldorf Academy warned about teacher prior to sexual assault charges

A Toronto private school was warned by a therapist about alleged inappropriate behaviour by one of its teachers nearly two years before he was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

The Waldorf Academy felt it could not legally suspend or dismiss the teacher after he denied the allegations and the Children’s Aid Society declined to investigate because the complainant was more than 16 years old. Instead, according to a confidential review obtained by The Globe and Mail, administrators decided to let the teacher continue to teach elementary-school children and to monitor his behaviour informally.

Ryan McCombe, who taught at the Waldorf Academy, was charged earlier this year with sexual assaults dating back to 2008 involving minors that took place outside the school. He is also charged with sexual exploitation, sexual interference and making child pornography. Police believe there may be other victims.  (more...)

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