Another Catholic teacher charged, in Ottawa:
St. Pat’s teacher charged with sexually assaulting girl
Published on: March 16, 2018 | Last Updated: March 16, 2018 6:17 PM EDT
A 55-year-old teacher is facing sexual assault and exploitation charges against a young girl at a local Catholic school for incidents that allegedly took place between 2014 and 2016.
Robert Lavergne was teaching at St. Patrick’s High School in Alta Vista at the time.
Police said they are concerned there could be other alleged victims.
Lavergne was charged Friday with sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a female under 18. He appears in court April 25.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board said in a statement Friday it was “deeply sorry” to learn about the charges. It said Lavergne was suspended in February and letters have been sent home to parents.
“The No. 1 priority for our board is the continued safety and well-being of each student,” said Denise Andre, the board’s director of education. “We will continue to cooperate with the police in their investigation of this matter. As a Catholic community, we will pray for all the persons affected by this difficult situation. I truly regret that such conduct has allegedly occurred at one of our schools.
“We are asking if any student has any information to please come forward to the police. Police investigators are concerned that there may be more victims.”
The board said counselling and central professional resources are also available to students, staff and families.
Anyone with information is asked to call the SACA unit at 613-236-1222, extension 5944. Tips can also be sent to SACA@ottawapolice.ca. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by downloading the Ottawa Police Service app.
Ottawa High School teacher charged with Sexual offences
Ottawa Police Service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 16, 2018 1:48pm
(Ottawa)—The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged an Ottawa man following an investigation into sexual offenses that occurred at a local school between 2014 and 2016.
At the time, the man was teaching at St. Patrick’s High School of the Ottawa Catholic School Board in Ottawa.
Today, Robert LAVERGNE, 55 years old, of Ottawa has been charged with Sexual assault and Sexual exploitation of a female under the age of 18. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 25, 2018.
SACA investigators are concerned that there could be other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service SACA Unit at 613-236-1222, extension 5944. Tips may also be sent electronically to SACA@ottawapolice.ca
Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.
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The Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan has been conducting a Lenten Way of the Cross prayer service for victims of clerical sexual abuse. The services, which to date have been conducted in participating parishes throughout the archdiocese since 04 March 2018, are scheduled through to 28 April 2018.
I will post the information tomorrow. Until then, information regarding upcoming dates can be obtained by clicking on this link.
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…some beautiful photography and an equally beautiful piece of music and message. This is my prayer for each of you on this St. Patrick’s Day
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