Sexual assault charge laid against Ottawa high school teacher
OTTAWA -- Ottawa police say a local teacher is facing charges after an investigation into allegations of sexual assault.
In a press release, Ottawa police said an investigation by the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse unit began in December 2019 regarding allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour by a high school teacher with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, brought forward by a "third party."
Police say the allegations stem from incidents involving girls that allegedly took place between September and November 2019.
Police said Thursday that Majed Turk, 42, of Ottawa, has been charged with one count of sexual assault, one count of sexual interference, and one count of criminal harassment.
In a statement, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board said it takes these charges very seriously.
"The OCDSB has been cooperating fully with the Ottawa Police Service since the start of this investigation. We contacted the authorities after we were first made aware of concerning allegations in November 2019," the statement says. "The employee was immediately removed from the classroom and this will continue until the conclusion of this matter through the courts. The OCDSB also contacts the Ontario College of Teachers and undertakes an internal investigation on such matters and determines any further action from an employment perspective."
Investigators are appealing to the public to come forward with more information, as they believe there may be other alleged victims.
Anyone with information is asked to call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 5760 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.
The OCDSB urged anyone with information to reach out to police.
None of the charges have been proven in court.