Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Former Ottawa teacher handed 2 years for sex crimes dating back decades

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A former Ottawa music teacher has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for sex-related crimes against students at two Ottawa high schools between 1973 and 1992.

Robert "Bob" Clarke, now in his 70s, pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight charges involving eight victims. He will also serve three years of probation.

Clarke was the music teacher at Bell High School for several years, and also taught at Sir Robert Borden High School.

Clarke pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault and gross indecency. Three of the original charges against Clarke, including sexual exploitation charges, were dropped in a plea deal.

Peter Hamer, 50, was sexually assaulted by Clarke when he was a student at Bell High School in the late 1980s.

Hamer said he stayed quiet about the abuse for decades before coming forward.  (more...)


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