Sunday, September 26, 2021

School board sued for millions over eastern Ontario teacher's sex crimes


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A young woman and her family have had to move out of their eastern Ontario town after the woman's teacher groomed and sexually abused her, and now the family is suing the school board for millions.

That is one of two separate civil lawsuits filed by two victims of former teacher Jeff Peters.

"It was unbearable to be in that community with all the triggers and reminders," said lawyer Elizabeth Grace, who represents one of the victims. 

"The survivor and her family should not be the ones leaving, but the reality is their lives were too difficult to remain in Perth. They had to leave. It's a tragedy."

The two lawsuits name Peters and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario as defendants and each claim millions of dollars in damages.

This past April, Peters was convicted of sex crimes against two of his former students at St. John Catholic High School in Perth, southwest of Ottawa, between 2013 and 2016. 

At least five victims went to police and more charges were initially laid, but the conviction was part of a plea deal limited to two charges. 

Peters was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and he is currently in custody at the Joyceville Institution near Kingston, Ont.

In a CBC investigation last spring, other former students told CBC they were groomed and had sexual encounters with Peters as far back as 2005.  (more...)

School board sued for millions over eastern Ontario teacher's sex crimes

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