DURHAM — A former Whitby elementary school teacher convicted of sexually touching eight children has been sentenced to just under two years in jail.
Thomas Grieve’s crimes constituted a profound breach of trust that had an impact on the children, as well as their parents and the broader school community, Ontario Court Judge Marquis Felix said during a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 7 in Oshawa.
“These are children who were in a safe environment — their school,” the judge said during his lengthy ruling. “That community was entitled to expect their children would be safe.”
In addition to his custodial sentence — he was sentenced to a total of 720 days, 10 days short of two calendar years — Grieve will be on probation for 35 months upon his release and will be a registered sex offender for life.
Grieve taught Grades 6 through 8 at Whitby’s Robert Munsch Public School from 2011 to 2018, and prior to that taught at E.A. Fairman Public School, also in Whitby. He’s also been involved as a volleyball coach and taught summer and night school courses.
Grieve was arrested in March of 2018 after allegations surfaced. He was re-arrested on additional charges in April of 2018 after more complainants came forward. (more...)
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