TCDSB place Etobicoke man on admin leave following child luring charges

CityNews has learned that a man from Etobicoke facing charges in a child luring investigation has been placed on administrative leave by the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).

Authorities executed a search warrant on Feb. 22 in Etobicoke in the Martin Grove Road and Eglinton Avenue West area.

Police determined that the accused allegedly used various names on social media to contact minors, including Tyler Pennells and Tyler Christopher Pennells.

Pennells, 26, of Etobicoke, was arrested and charged with two counts of luring a child under 16, invitation to sexual touching and transmitting sexually explicit material to a person under 16.

A TCDSB spokesperson confirmed with CityNews that Pennells was placed on administrative leave.

“The accused’s position was an Education Assistant and the individual currently is not working at the TCDSB,” the spokesperson said.

Pennells’ LinkedIn account states that he was employed as an early childhood educator with the TCDSB, a position he started in October 2020.

The 26-year-old was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 22.

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