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TDSB special needs teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

A special needs teacher at a Scarborough elementary school is facing sexual assault and assault charges after alleged attacks on two young students.

Both alleged victims, 12-year-old boys, attend White Haven Junior Public School, where the accused, Kearsley Peters, 56 of Toronto, taught.

Neither were specials needs students.

Police allege the crimes took place at different times at one of the victim’s houses in the Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue East area between September 4, 2012, and March 7, 2013.  A detective told CityNews the allegations represent two instances, and didn’t involve repeated assaults.

Peters was arrested on March 7 and charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual interference and assault.

A day after his arrest, the school sent out a letter to parents saying, “safety of our students is a top priority and we are committed to enforcing TDSB policies about the safety and well-being of students.”

Peters has been suspended while the case makes its way through the courts. The TDSB declined to comment, citing the police investigation was ongoing but said school staff was co-operating with police.

A parent meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the school.

Const. Tony Vella told CityNews Peters has already made a court appearance but he didn’t provide any further details.

Vella said the charges came after a student came forward and an investigation was launched.

Police believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

White Haven Public School Letter