A teacher at Guelph's College Heights Secondary School has been charged with several sex-related offences involving a youth.
Guelph Police issued the following release late afternoon on Tuesday:"On Sept. 8, 2017, the Guelph Police Service commenced an investigation into allegations against a 49-year-old Guelph teacher in relation to sexual offences involving a youth.
On Sept. 11, 2017, Brian Hathway, was arrested and charged by the Guelph Police Service for Sexual Assault, Sexual Exploitation and Obtain Sexual Services for Consideration – Under 18. Brian Hathway is a teacher employed with the Upper Grand District School Board and taught at a local high school since 2003.
The Upper Grand District School Board has been fully cooperative with the Guelph Police Service during this investigation. The charges related to this investigation stem from incidents that occurred from 2016 to the present.
Mr. Hathway is currently remanded in custody and will appear in court on Sept. 13, 2017.
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 www.csgw.tips."
Following request for comment, the Upper Grand District School Board released the following statement.
"We are unable to comment on any matters under police investigation however, we are working with the police as they conduct their investigation.
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.
Investigations of this nature are very serious. We have a number of supports available to any students and staff who require it, including guidance, social workers, child and youth counselling, psychologists and employee assistance supports. We urge anyone who requires support to please reach out. Our first priority remains the well-being of our students and staff.
This is all we will be commenting on at this time. Thank you."