Toronto teacher charged in alleged sexual assault of student from 2001 to 2003

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A Toronto teacher faces charges after police say she sexually assaulted a teenage student on numerous occasions more than a decade ago.

Toronto police said the student, who was aged between 14 and 16 at the time, was sexually assaulted during and after school hours between September 2001 and June 2003.

Yolande Bernadette Byam, 47, of Peel Region, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation. She is set to appear in a Toronto court on July 5.


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Byam was an educational assistant with the Toronto District School Board at Bloor Collegiate Institute at the time of the alleged assaults. Police said she is currently still employed with the TDSB and added they are concerned there may be other victims.

A letter sent home to parents said Byam was currently working as a teacher in the Short Term Behaviour Program operating out of The Elms Junior Middle School Boys’ Leadership Academy in Rexdale, located at 45 Golfdown Dr.

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The TDSB said it does “not take these allegations lightly” and that the safety of students was a top priority. 

“Byam has not been in her role since the allegations came to our attention and will remain on home assignment, pending outcome of the matter,” principal Craig Tsuji stated in the letter.

“Our practice in a situation like this is to share as much information as we can with you. However, please do keep in mind that, because this is a police matter, there is much that we cannot share or don’t know.”

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Tsuji said a meeting with parents and school officials will take place on Tuesday at the school to “review procedures” and “respond as best we can to any questions you might have.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 老域名购买按摩论坛老域名购买222tips老域名购买, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.

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