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Feature Article - January 10, 2008 Former Sydenham High Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault on Teens

On January 7, 2008, the Frontenac OPP Crime Unit arrested and charged a Harrowsmith man, alleging that he had committed sexual assaults that between August and December 2006 in South Frontenac, according to a media release from the OPP.

Mr. Brian Jones, a former technology teacher at Sydenham High School, was charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual exploitation against three teenage girls, as well as obstruction of justice, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

According to a media release from the Limestone District School Board, Jones commenced his employment with the board on February 7, 2005, and was in the classroom at Sydenham High School until December 11, 2006. After conducting their own investigation, Mr. Jones’ employment was formally terminated by the Limestone board in April 2007.

In November 2007, the OPP began to investigate a former Sydenham High School teacher for complaints of sexual assault against three teenage girls.

According to Kristine Rae, an OPP communication officer, the investigation was initiated in November when “a complainant came forward.”

As a result of the investigation, the 40 year-old man has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, sexual exploitation and obstructing justice.

Brian Jones was arrested at Toronto’s Pearson Airport on January 7th after a return flight, and was the subject of a bail hearing in Kingston on Tuesday, January 8th.

The school board media release said that Anne Otonicar, the Principal at Sydenham High School “has informed staff and students, and sent information home for parents on Tuesday. A support team is in place to assist any staff and students.”

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