7 p.m., Feb. 6)
Public School teacher faces sex charges dating back 15
By Fred Sherwin
Avalon Public School teacher faces multiple sex charges
dating back to incidents that allegedly occurred between
1998 and 2000.
I. Nolan, 43, was charged Thursday with five counts of
sexual assault, five counts of sexual interference and
five counts of sexual exploitation involving two separate
victims who were in Grade 7 and 8 at the time.
it is not known where Nolan was teaching at the time the
incidents took place, it definitely wasn't at Avalon which
only opened in September 2008.
a statement issued by the Ottawa-Carleton
District School Board this
afternoon, the board confirmed they Nolan has not taught
in a classroom since they were notified of the investigation
in November. He is to be suspended pending the resolution
of his criminal charges, and the teacher's college have
been notified of the charges and ongoing investigation.
arts and music teacher, Nolan received the board's Arts
Educator of the Year Award in 2005.
a bizarre coincidence, Nolan also happens to be the drummer
in a Celtic folk band that has played several times with
Prime Minister Stephen Harper including as recently as
Dec. 1, apparently while the investigation was ongoing.
Prime Minister's Office issued it's own statement to the
media saying it was "shock and dismayed" by
allegations of this nature have ever been brought to our
attention, Jason MacDonald, director of communications
in the PMO, said in the statement. Anyone found
guilty of these charges should face the full force of
Ottawa Police are asking that anyone with information
about other possible incidents involving the accused contact
the 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.
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