Thursday, March 22, 2018

School board named in lawsuits seeking $8M; ex-basketball players share stories of alleged sex abuse

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The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has been named in four separate lawsuits seeking $8 million in damages for sexual abuse that former students claim to have suffered at the hands of gym teacher and basketball coach Donald Greenham.

Greenham, 75, died of a heart attack earlier this month at his home in Addison, near Brockville, two months before he was to stand trial on 54 counts of indecent assault, gross indecency and issuing threats.

The charges involved 14 former students, some of them boys’ basketball players at Bell High School.

Although the trial was cancelled and charges withdrawn after Greenham’s death, four of the criminal complainants filed statements of claim this week.

The lawsuits, which have not been tested in court, name both Greenham’s estate and the school board as defendants.

The suits allege the board was negligent and may have ignored reports about the teacher’s misconduct. At a minimum, the claims contend, school officials failed in their duty to protect students from Greenham.  (more...)


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