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Guelph teacher facing sex charges makes first court appearance

Charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and obtain sexual services for consideration – under 18
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A Guelph high school teacher facing a number of sex-related charges involving a youth made his first appearance in court Wednesday.

Brian Hathway, 49, a longtime auto body teacher at College Heights Secondary School appeared briefly at Ontario Provincial Court for a bail hearing.

The matter was put over until Friday morning at the request of Crown Attorney Nora Lapp "for ongoing investigation purposes."

Hathway, who remains in custody, appeared in the prisoner's box wearing blue jeans and a dark blue sweatshirt.

There is a publication ban on any evidence presented in the courtroom.

Earlier in the day several family members attended court but they were not there when the matter was finally addressed around 3 p.m.

Hathway is being represented by longtime Guelph criminal lawyer David Doney.

Guelph Police started an investigation into allegations against Hathway on Sept. 8 and arrested him on Sept. 11.

He is charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and obtain sexual services for consideration – under 18.

Hathway has taught at College Heights since 2003. The charges stem from incidents that allegedly occurred from 2016 to the present.

The Upper Grand District School Board issued a statement on Tuesday saying it has been fully cooperative police.

"We are unable to comment on any matters under police investigation however, we are working with the police as they conduct their investigation," the school board said.

"This individual has been a staff member at College Heights Secondary School since 2003. We can confirm that the teacher is not at school during this on-going investigation and the board has reported this situation to the Ontario College of Teachers."

Any persons with information relating to this investigation or any new information can contact D/Cst. Pronovost at the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 extension # 7203. Anonymous tips can be left at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at"