Toronto teacher Donald Wheeler charged with sexual interference
Charges have been laid against a Toronto teacher in connection with a series of sexual assaults that police say stretch back over several years.
Toronto police allege between 2008 and 2015, Donald Wheeler worked at Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School and assaulted students during and after school hours.
The victims were between the ages of 12 and 19, police said.
Wheeler, 60, appeared in court at Old City Hall yesterday. He faces the following charges:
- 10 counts of sexual interference.
- Two counts of supplying liquor to an underage person.
- One count of harassment by repeated communication with a person.
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) confirmed to CBC News that Wheeler is currently on home assignment but would not say what grade he teaches. A TDSB spokesperson said they became aware of the allegations when two people came forward together recently.
None of the allegations involve current students, according to the TDSB. The school board said they will also make available social workers for students who need counselling when they return from the Christmas break.
Police believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-1100 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).