Teacher's licence revoked following sex convictions
Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Cornwall-area teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old
student has had her teacher's licence revoked.
Ontario College of Teachers withdrew the teaching licence of
Jennifer Dorland, 42, earlier this month after finding her guilty of
eight counts of professional misconduct under the Ontario College of
Dorland, who now goes by the name Jennifer Toews, pleaded no contest
to the accusations. She did not attend the May 6 hearing or have a
lawyer make arguments on her behalf.
their decision, the three-member disciplinary panel found that Ms.
Dorland's actions "betrayed the trust of students, parents and the
used her position of authority to take advantage of the student for
her own sexual gratification," the decision said. "The evidence
showed that the member behaved in a predatory manner by
surreptitious grooming of the student for sexual purposes."
the allegations heard by the disciplinary panel were that Ms.
Dorland abused a student "physically, sexually, verbally,
psychologically or emotionally" and committed acts that would be
regarded by other members as "disgraceful, dishonourable or
Grade 7 and 8 teacher was criminally convicted of sexual assault,
sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching on Dec. 20.
trial heard evidence from the student that he and Ms. Dorland kissed
and fondled one another in the basement of her home in September
2004. Two sexually suggestive e-mails sent by Ms. Dorland to the
student were also entered into evidence.
Dorland admitted at trial to sending the "inappropriate" e-mails,
but denied that she ever had a sexual encounter with the student.
Dorland, who is facing a maximum term of up to 10 years in prison on
each count, is to be sentenced July 4.
Ottawa Citizen 2008