3 ex-students plead guilty to sex assault offences at St. Michael’s College School

Three former college students of Toronto’s St. Michael’s Faculty Faculty have pleaded responsible to sexual assault offences in hazing incidents that occurred on the personal college.

The teenagers have pleaded responsible to prices of sexual assault with a weapon and assault with a weapon, stemming from two hazing incidents in 2018.

One of many teenagers has additionally pleaded responsible to 1 cost of distributing pornographic materials. The teenagers can’t be named below the Youth Legal Justice Act.

A tentative sentencing date is about for Nov. 14. 

Police launched an investigation final fall after a video that captured a sexual assault on the varsity’s campus was shared on social media.

Total, seven college students had been charged with assault and sexual assault offences that associated to 3 incidents involving members of one of many college’s soccer groups.

4 of the scholars charged had been expelled and three withdrew from the varsity within the wake of the allegations.

Costs towards a kind of seven had been withdrawn again in August after a prosecutor mentioned a conviction was unlikely.

The instances towards two different college students additionally concluded that month, however Ontario’s Ministry of the Lawyer Common wouldn’t say what the outcomes of the instances towards the teenagers had been, citing restrictions below the Youth Legal Justice Act.

One different teen’s prices are nonetheless making their method via the courtroom system. A listening to has been scheduled for Oct. 17.

St. Michael’s is run by the Basilian Fathers with its roots relationship again to the Congregation of St. Basil in France. The varsity’s principal and its board president resigned amid criticism of its dealing with of the case.

The investigation touched off a nationwide dialogue about bullying and hazing in Canadian colleges. Many alumni got here ahead with their very own tales of abuse on the Catholic college, whereas others spoke about their constructive recollections of the establishment.

An unbiased committee set as much as study the tradition at St. Michael’s discovered that bullying remained a “systemic” downside regardless of in depth measures taken by the varsity within the wake of the scandal. It additionally discovered that hazing was not an issue.

The committee issued a 123-page report in August that supplied 36 suggestions, together with growing a complete technique to handle bullying and strong workers coaching to take care of the problem. The varsity promised to undertake all of the suggestions.

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