2 Ottawa teachers face disciplinary hearing over school trip sex assault

Ashbury College in Ottawa, ON



OTTAWA - Two Ottawa private school teachers tried to hush up a student-on-student, hotel-room sex assault, disciplinary documents claim.

Ian Middleton and Alyssa Novick could be kicked out of the profession for their roles in an alleged Ashbury College coverup in 2007.

Disciplinary proceedings brought against them by the Ontario College of Teachers began Monday in Toronto.

The then-16-year-old victim was on a field trip to Boston on Nov. 16, 2007, with other students of the upscale private school when he was attacked.

In a statement of claim filed in a $220,000 civil suit, the complainant says three students pinned him down while another digitally penetrated his anus. Another student videotaped the assault, which saw one teen plead guilty to assault and battery in a Massachusetts court in 2010.

A second teen was also charged in connection with what defence documents filed in the civil suit describe as a "prank" that was "common among male students."

It's alleged that Novick, when she learned what happened, didn't tell the victim's parents and discouraged him from going to police.

She then allegedly lied to the boy's parents - telling them that he didn't want to report the assault - and refused a request from his parents to report the assault to police, the college says.
Middleton is also accused of failing to notify the boy's parents about the attack and refusing their request to notify police.

Novick and Middleton remain members in good standing of the teachers' college with no restrictions on their ability to work.

They also enjoy mostly positive reviews on the Rate My Teachers website. Middleton,though "a great rugby coach, is said to have "horrible handwriting," while Novick is "the smartest in the school (and) a feminist at times but in a humorous fashion."

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