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Guelph high school teacher charged with sexual offences

Guelph police are asking parents and students who have had any concerning interaction with Lenssen to come forward. Francis Vachon / File / The Canadian Press

Guelph police say a local high school teacher has been arrested as part of a sexual misconduct investigation.

Justin Lenssen was charged on Tuesday with possession of child pornography, sexual exploitation, luring a child, and making explicit material available.

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The 32-year-old is a teacher at St. James Catholic High School on Victoria Road, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Wellington Catholic District School Board said Lenssen has been removed from the school.

“Given the serious nature of the charges, this teacher will not be reporting for active duty at any school pending the outcome of the legal proceedings,” said Tamara Nugent, director of education, in an open letter.

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Nugent added that social workers and youth counselors will be made available in their schools.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is of the highest priority. We will continue to provide support as needed throughout this time,” she said.

Lenssen will make his next court appearance in January, but Guelph police are asking parents and students who have had any concerning interaction with Lenssen to come forward.

The lead investigator can be reached at 519-824-1212 ext. 7162. Anonymous information can be left with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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