Saturday, January 26, 2019

Warrant out for the arrest of choir director and private music instructor

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An acclaimed choral director who led choirs in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and other areas of the province faces a charge of sexual assault if and when he returns to Canada from his native Germany.

Ottawa police said Friday they have issued an arrest warrant for Uwe Frank Lieflander, 55, stemming from incidents that occurred in Ottawa in 2016 and 2017. The complaints were made by one or more adults — police won’t say how many people came forward — and Investigators are concerned there may be additional victims.

Lieflander has been leading choirs since the early 1990s including in Ottawa, the Madawaska Valley, the Greater Toronto Area and Port Perry, Ont.

In 2011, he led choirs at four elementary schools with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, but quit when he was told he was not allowed to touch his young singers after the board received complaints from several parents about his “hands-on” teaching method.  (more...)

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