Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Toronto Christian teacher charged for sexually assaulting 13 year old girl

A Toronto school teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting his 13-year-old student.

Police allege that Orlando Fusaro, 37, developed an “inappropriate relationship” with a girl at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School during the 2010/11 academic year and that it continued into the summer.

Students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8 attend the school near Lawrence Ave. and Weston Rd. Police believe “there’s a potential for more victims” and are asking students and parents to come forward.

The girl’s mother brought the complaint to police, said Toronto Police Det. Rick Ramjattan.

“It was only after a mother found that her daughter was behaving abnormally that the daughter finally came forward and told her about the relationship,” Ramjattan said.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board will offer counselling to students and parents, said spokesperson Mary Walker.

“We will have support in place when school reopens should anyone be distressed by this news or feel that their child needs any sort of support,” Walker said.

Fusaro has been teaching at the school “for a number of years,” Walker said.

Since school is out of session, the board cannot immediately suspend Fusaro, she added.

“This is all so fresh to us,” Walker said. “If it comes to the point that it’s September and it’s not resolved then he would be suspended.”

Fusaro was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference on Tuesday. The Woodbridge man appeared in court Wednesday and was released on bail. His next court appearance is Sept. 13.

Fusaro has been a certified teacher since 1998 and holds a good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1997 and a Bachelor of Education in 1998, both from York University, according to his OCT profile.

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