February 18, 2016 4:31 pm
Updated: February 18, 2016 4:38 pm

Burlington teacher charged with sexual assault after students complain: police

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TORONTO — A 30-year-old Burlington teacher has been charged with five counts of sexual assault after police say several students came forward to report “inappropriate sexual touching.”

Halton Regional Police launched a joint investigation with Halton Children’s Aid that concluded on Thursday.

As a result of that investigation, police arrested and charged Anthony Cuccione of Milton.

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He has been charged with five counts of sexual assault and five counts of sexual interference.

Police said Cuccione was employed by the Halton Catholic District School Board as a supply teacher at St. Christopher’s Elementary School in Burlington during the time of the alleged incidents, but he is not currently working as a teacher at any school.

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“Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our students,” said Amanda Bartucci, spokeswoman for the HCDSB.

“As this is an ongoing police investigation, we are not able to share any additional details at this time. All we can confirm is this teacher is no longer working in any of our schools.”

Investigators suspect there could be additional victims and are encouraging them to contact Det.-Const. Sunstrum of the Halton Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 8979 or anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at http://www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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