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Former London teacher's licence temporarily yanked for sexual behaviour toward female co-workers

A former teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board has been found guilty of professional misconduct over incidents involving inappropriate comments, touching and sexual gestures made toward female colleagues. 

Donald Yeoman was accused of making sexual comments and gestures towards 7 female colleagues

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A former teacher at Clarke Road Secondary School in London was found guilty of professional misconduct over incidents involving inappropriate comments, touching or sexual gestures made toward female colleagues. (Getty Images)

A former teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board has been found guilty of professional misconduct over incidents involving inappropriate comments, touching and sexual gestures made toward female colleagues. 

Donald Joseph Yeoman went before an Ontario College of Teachers' disciplinary hearing Wednesday and a decision was made the same day. 

Yeoman, who taught at Clarke Road Secondary School when the incidents occurred, will have his teaching qualifications and registration suspended for five months, starting June 2, 2022. 

The Thames Valley District School Board had fired Yeoman on May 25, 2018, according to the hearing notice. He is trained as a technological and transportation educator for high school students. He was in the process of completing a sexual abuse prevention program. 

The Ontario College of Teachers has suspended his licence based on interactions with seven female colleagues at Clarke Road. The hearing was not open to CBC News but the initial allegations included: 

  • During the 2015-2016 academic year, Yeoman shared details of his personal relationship with a colleague, including comments about their sexual relationship. He allegedly held a dodgeball to the ear of the colleague and asked a sexual question while letting the air out.

  • He was said to have invited another colleague to sit on his lap after he "walked up behind her and with both hands pretended to grab her buttocks".

  • In 2017, Yeoman allegedly commented on the same colleague's breasts and urged her to do jumping jacks alongside students.

  • Between 2016 and 2018, he was accused of whistling or making a clicking sound as the colleague was walking down the hall.

  • During the 2016-2017 academic year, Yeoman allegedly blocked a doorway so that a third colleague couldn't get through. He also "looked her up and down" while she was walking down the hall and waiting for access to the washroom.

  • In November 2017, he is alleged to have pulled a chair out from under a fourth colleague as she was about to sit down, and then made an inappropriate gesture with his hand on the colleague's chair.

  • Between November 2017 and December 2017, Yeoman allegedly ran toward a sixth colleague as she was coming out of the bathroom door and blocked her from exiting by putting his leg up on the wall.

The college said Yeoman approached a seventh colleague on February 2, 2018, from behind "and/or pulled her hoodie up over head," covered the colleague's eyes with the hoodie and "pushed his groin into her buttocks area."

On September 6, 2019, Yeoman pleaded guilty to simple assault in relation to that incident, according to the hearing notice from the College of Teachers. He was later given an absolute discharge by the court, which means no punishment was imposed.

CBC News has not be able to reach Yeomen for comment. 

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