Friday, March 8, 2013

Canadian catholic school teacher arrested for sexually and psychologically abusing teen girl

OTTAWA — A disciplinary hearing into the actions of a supply teacher at a Catholic school in Kanata accused of having sex with a student in 2010 was withdrawn Thursday after he agreed never to teach again. Mitchell Khalil Thomas was accused of sexually and psychologically abusing a student and engaging in acts regarded as “disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional,” according to a notice of hearing. Thomas was also alleged to have sent the student text and Facebook messages, privately meeting with her off school property, driving her in his car or riding as a passenger in her car and having a sexual relationship with her for six months beginning in November, 2010, the notice of hearing said. She was a student at the school during the 2009-10 academic year, but her age was not disclosed in the notice of hearing. The name of the school was not disclosed. Thomas no longer works for the Ottawa Catholic School Board, said spokesperson Mardi de Kemp. “The alleged incident was brought to administration’s attention and he was immediately suspended and removed from the supply list,” de Kemp told the Citizen Wednesday in an email. In 2006, Thomas received an honours Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and a graduate diploma in education from the University of Newcastle in Australia, according to his profile on the Ontario College of Teachers website. He has held an interim certificate to teach social sciences to intermediate and senior students since May 2007. It expires in May 2013 unless he meets additional requirements to convert it to a permanent certificate.

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