Former TDSB teacher convicted of sexual exploitation facing new charges

By News Staff

New charges have been laid against a former Toronto District School Board teacher who had previously been found guilty of child luring and sexual exploitation offences involving female students.

Chris Lyons, formerly known as Christopher Parkin, was first arrested and charged in 2013 during his time as a gym teacher at Forest Hill Collegiate.

The now 49-year-old was charged under his previous name with two counts of sexual exploitation and one count of luring a child under the age of 16, stemming from his time at the Toronto school in 2011 and 2012 involving three female students.

In March 2015, the ex-gym teacher was convicted of those charges and sentenced to 15 months incarceration. At the time, police believed there were more victims.

The following year he was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Ontario College of Teachers resulting in his Certificate of Qualification and Registration being revoked. Up until that time, he had been a registered teacher under the name Christopher Parkin in Ontario since 1997, according to provincial records.

In May 2021, Lyons was charged with an additional two counts of sexual exploitation connected to an offence in 2003, a matter that is still being presented in front of the courts. It is unclear where he was teaching at the time of the offence.

He is scheduled to appear in court by video on January 12, 2022.

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