Teacher accused of sexual assault | Quebec withdraws patent, SPVM continues search for other victims

Adélard-Desrosiers primary school teacher accused of assaulting an 11-year-old girl will no longer be able to practice his profession after his diploma was revoked on Tuesday by the Minister of Education, Jean-François Robberge. The 27-year-old also reportedly had jobs at more than one school, said Montreal police, who are still looking for other potential victims.

Posted at 10:47 am
Updated at 3:37 PM

Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
The press

Dominic Blanchette, who had already been suspended from his duties by the Pointe-de-l’Île School Service Center (CSSPI), is alleged to have sexually assaulted the young victim between December 24 and May 27. The press earlier Tuesday. He was arrested last Sunday and is also charged with possession of child pornography, sharing sexually explicit material and soliciting sexual contact.

On Twitter, Minister Roberge spoke on Tuesday about “serious and totally unacceptable” reported facts. “I have asked for the revocation of this teacher’s certificate. We have been confirmed that psychological help is being provided to students and teachers,” he also said. His cabinet, however, declined to go further on Tuesday, insisting it had to wait for more information before deciding on more detail.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) clarified that Blanchette “would have held jobs in more than one school”, saying she was looking for other of her “potential victims”. .

The authorities invite anyone who has relevant information in connection with this file or who wishes to make a complaint against the accused to contact the anonymous and confidential Info-Crime Montreal center by calling 514 393-1133 or by filling out a report form to fill in. line. Follow-up at his local neighborhood station can also be arranged.

Quebec called for action

However, three elected opposition members are urging Quebec to “go further” by taking concrete political action to combat sexual violence in schools. Among the liberals, MP Marwah Rizqy calls for “a ministerial inquiry now”.

She also wonders “how this teacher managed to weave his web” and “whether there are people who knew and decided to hide” within the school or management. “Violation in schools is a real problem affecting minors. We must act quickly,” she urges, inviting the minister to “quickly sign a decree” to start the appointment of the National Student Ombudsman, under Bill 9, whose detailed study has yet to end.

“That the minister signs the decree and that we launch the calls for proposals. It could check anyone who sees smoke for a fire by going above school service centers like an ombudsman,” emphasizes M.me Rizqy.

Solidarity MP Christine Labrie second. “An important gain we have made with Bill 9 is that there will be mandatory training on sexual violence for staff. But it will only come into effect in decree if the minister so decides. My request is to do this as soon as possible. We cannot afford to wait a few months,” she emphasizes.

For years we have been asking for policies to prevent sexual violence in every school, just like in our CEGEPs and universities. Policy is needed that has been developed with the first people involved, the students.

Christine Labrie, MNA for Québec Solidaire

In the ranks of the PQ, Joliette’s member, Véronique Hivon, regretted hearing “another horror story about aggression in the school environment” on Tuesday. “It is difficult to understand how such acts can be committed today, despite all the prevention that must be done. It should be an obsession,” she claimed in a written statement.

Blanchette was arrested Sunday night and appeared at the Montreal courthouse Monday afternoon, where the terms of his release were set. The suspect may not be in a public park, daycare, school grounds, playground, or community center. He will no longer be able to work. He is also prohibited from using the Internet for recreational purposes. The Center de services scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île (CSSPI) said it was “taking the situation very seriously”. In addition to the immediate suspension of the teacher, several psychologists were deployed on the school grounds.

With Alice Girard-Bossé

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