Friday, November 30, 2018

‘Fifteen, 50 years, it could be anything’: Toronto police say their St. Michael’s College investigation is open to historic complaints

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There’s no limit on how far back the investigation at St. Michael’s College School into incidents of alleged sexual assault and assault among students will go, Toronto police say, and they are interested in hearing from anyone who has been a victim — no matter how long ago the crime occurred.

“Fifteen, 50 years, it could be anything,” said Constable Caroline de Kloet with the Toronto Police Service, who said the police are interested in hearing about incidents at any other schools, too.

Two weeks in, and little has changed in the scandal at the elite all-boys school; police continue to investigate six incidents at the private Catholic institution at Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave. W. These include two alleged sexual assaults, three alleged assaults and one incident involving threats being made.

The crisis began when two videos surfaced on social media, one showing an alleged sexual assault in a locker room, the other a young teen being thrown into a fountain by a group of other teens.

Six boys were charged with assault, gang sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon last week in the episode shown on the locker room video. Police said the video, itself, meets the definition of child pornography. Those charged are cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

There haven’t been any charges in any of the other incidents police are investigating. De Kloet said it’s taking inspectors some time to identify the people in the videos, and work with the school.

“We’ll go where the evidence takes us,” she said.

Inspector Domenic Sinopoli of the sex crimes unit, who was not available for an interview, has previously said more than 50 witnesses have been identified in the investigation.

De Kloet said anyone with information can contact the Child and Youth Advocacy centre at 416-808-2922 or Crime Stoppers.  (more...)

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