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Ottawa teacher, husband face sex assault charges allegedly involving 2 students

An Ottawa teacher and her husband face charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation after an investigation into allegations of sexual offences involving two students at a local Montessori school.

Andreea Andrei, 37, and Harry Andrei, 38, were scheduled to appear in court Monday

Ottawa police charged a Montessori school teacher and her husband for the alleged sexual assault of two students. (Trevor Pritchard/CBC)

An Ottawa teacher and her husband face charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation after an investigation into allegations of sexual offences involving two students at a local Montessori school.

Andreea Andrei, 37, and Harry Andrei, 38, have been charged with sexual assault and sexual exploitation. They were scheduled to appear in court Monday.

In a news release, Ottawa police said the alleged offences involved a teenage boy and girl under 18, and happened while Andreea Andrei was employed at an Ottawa Montessori school between 2017 and 2021.

The Kanata Montessori School immediately removed the staff member from school and told police when complaints from two graduates were brought to their attention, according to a statement from Lisa Wallace, the chair of the school's board of directors.

Wallace said the accused hasn't worked for the school in two months.

"We are saddened and shaken by this news," she wrote, adding the school is co-operating fully with investigators from Ottawa police and the Ontario College of Teachers.

The Ottawa police sexual assault and child abuse unit is concerned there could be more victims, and said that the teacher worked in Toronto prior to 2017.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.

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