Toronto teacher charged with sexual assault

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A Toronto District School Board teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a student 15 years ago. Toronto Police allege that between 2001 and 2003 a female teacher working as an educational assistant at Bloor Collegiate Institute sexually assaulted a student during and after school hours.

The student was between the ages of 14-years-old and 16-years-old at the time of the alleged assaults, police said.

“A victim came forward earlier this month,” Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook told the Sun Thursday night.

On Wednesday, Yolande Bernadette Byam, 47, of Peel Region was charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation. Byam will make her first court appearance on July 5 at Old City Hall.

TDSB officials confirmed she is still employed by the board as a short term behaviour program at The Elms Junior and Middle School and Boys Leadership Academy in Etobicoke.

“(Byam) has not been in her role since the allegations came to our attention and will remain on home assignment pending the outcome of the matter,” principal Craig Tsuji said in a letter Thursday that was sent home to parents.

Tsuji said the allegations don’t involve any boys at his school, but a meeting at the school for parents is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Cops said they are “concerned there may be other victims” and urged anyone with information to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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