Ontario teacher charged after student allegedly sexually assaulted over holiday break

TORONTO — A high school teacher outside London, Ont., is facing sexual assault charges after police allege he inappropriately touched a student over the Christmas holiday break.

Ontario Provincial Police say a student under the age of 18 told officers the alleged incident occurred off school property on Dec. 29 at a home in Central Elgin, Ont.

Roger Reid, a teacher with Arthur Voaden Secondary School in St. Thomas, was arrested Wednesday.

A spokesman with the Thames Valley District School Board confirmed the alleged victim was a student at the school.

He said Reid has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of both the police investigation and a separate investigation by the school board. A support team has been sent to the school in case students or staff need assistance or counselling, the spokesman added.

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The 53-year-old Central Elgin resident is charged with one count each of sexual exploitation and sexual assault.

Reid is due in court Jan. 26 in St. Thomas, Ont.

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