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London school principal Michael Deeb charged with sexual assault

London high school principal Michael Deeb has been charged with one count of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual assault relating to an alleged incident going back almost two decades.

Deeb has resigned from his position with the London Police Services Board

London high school principal Michael Deeb has been charged with one count of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual assault relating to an alleged incident going back almost two decades. 

Deeb's lawyer said OPP charged the principal without interviewing him. 

"The allegations are 18 years old and, in our view, have absolutely no merit," defence lawyer Gord Cudmore said. 

Details around the allegations are vague, Cudmore added, but said the complainant was a teenager at the time of the alleged incident. Deeb denies them and will plead not guilty.

However, Deeb has also resigned from his position as a member of the London Police Services Board, effective April 5.

OPP said they charged Deeb, 49, on Thursday, after an investigation requested by London Police. 

The allegations involve a female student and date back to 2000/2001, OPP say. 

Deeb is scheduled to appear in court on May 7.  

Other allegations against Deeb

Deeb had temporarily stepped down for the board in December while the Ontario Civilian Police Commission investigated other allegations against Deeb.

Included were public accusations of misconduct involving London school teacher Najwa Zebian.

Zebian alleges Deeb abused his position of power while she was starting her career as a teacher in 2015. 

​Deeb has denied those allegations as well, but he's felt the impact.

He's currently on a paid leave from his position as principal at H.B. Beal Secondary School.

An investigation was done by the Thames Valley District School Board at the time of Zebian's  allegations, two years ago.