TORONTO - A school safety monitor is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl.
Toronto Police say the alleged sex assault occurred at Weston Collegiate Institute on Pine St., near Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. W., on Jan. 8.
“It is alleged that the man led the girl to a remote area of the school and sexually assaulted her,” Const. Caroline de Kloet said Tuesday, adding the man was arrested last Friday.
Clinton Russell, 42, a school-based safety monitor at Weston Collegiate, is charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
Toronto District School Board spokesman Ryan Bird said a letter was sent home to parents of the school’s students last Friday.
Signed by principal Ian Botnick, the letter states the hall monitor has not been at the school “since the allegation first came to our attention.”
The letter also explains Russell will remain “on home assignment” pending the outcome of his charges.
“While it is important to remember that laying a criminal charge does not constitute guilt, and that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, we also cannot and do not take these allegations lightly,” the letter states.
A meeting will be held in the school’s auditorium Wednesday at 6 p.m. to address parents’ questions.
De Kloet said police are concerned about the possibility of other victims.
Anyone with information should call police at 416-808-2922 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.
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