Former teacher faces more sexual assault charges

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(press release)

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Section has continued to investigate allegations of sexual assault against a former teacher, resulting in additional charges.

Robert CLARKE, 72, of Morrisburg, is now charged with two additional counts of Gross Indecency after two victims came forward in response to an Ottawa Police news release in June 2016. The offences occurred between 1973 and 1992 while CLARKE was in the course of his duties as a teacher.

CLARKE will be appearing in court on October 24th, 2016.

Investigators are concerned there could be more victims. The investigation continues.

“The Ottawa Police will respect a victim’s wishes to pursue or not pursue the matter before the courts,” said Staff Sergeant Angela McDade, SACA. “The reporting of these incidents by victims to police is key for investigators to identify suspects and determine crime trends.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944, or phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.

(original press release)

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section has charged an Ottawa man previously employed as a teacher, following an investigation into allegations that he inappropriately touched one of his students.

On June 15th, 2016, the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse unit charged Robert CLARKE, 72 years old, of Morrisburg Ontario with Sexual Assault. The incidents occurred while the accused was in the course of his former duties as a teacher, during his employment with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.  

He will appear in court on July 11th 2016.

Investigators are concerned there could be more victims. The investigation continues.

“The Ottawa Police will respect a victim’s wishes to pursue or not pursue the matter before the courts,” said Staff Sergeant Angela McDade, SACA. “The reporting of these incidents by victims to police is key for investigators to identify suspects and determine crime trends.”


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