Ottawa police dangle laid dozens of new charges in opposition to a longtime Ottawa Catholic School Board teacher who used to be lately accused of sexual assault.
Rick Watkins, a.k.a. Rick Despatie, used to be charged with three counts every of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation of a teen on April 20. Investigators said they had been concerned there would possibly perchance were extra victims and asked for more data.
Watkins, 57, used to be a teacher at St. Matthew Excessive School for more than 25 years, the OCSB told CTV News Ottawa. He used to be suspended March 9, when the allegations first came forward.
On Wednesday, Ottawa police said other alleged incidents nice looking 14 childhood below the age of 14 had been reported to police since charges had been first presented. Police narrate these alleged incidents came about whereas Watkins used to be employed as a teacher with the OCSB between 2004 and 2021.
He is now facing 45 extra charges, alongside side 13 counts of sexual assault, 13 counts of sexual interference, 11 counts of legal harassment, six counts of voyeurism, one count of assault and one count of assault with a weapon.
He is now facing a entire of 54 charges in connection with 16 alleged victims below 14 years former.
None of the charges were examined in court docket.
In a observation to CTV News Ottawa, the OCSB said Watkins used to be no longer employed by the school board.
“The Ottawa Catholic School Board has been cooperating fully with the Ottawa Police Provider for the explanation that start of this investigation. We can continue to present toughen to crew and students. The Board can tell that the actual person is no longer an employee of the Board,” the observation said.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board has launched a overview into how it handled old allegations introduced forward in opposition to the teacher.
Director of Education Tom D’Amico said in a letter to families that the third-compile collectively College of Teachers would furthermore spy on the total data associated to the allegations and any old complaints. These opinions are ruin free the legal investigation.
“On behalf of the Ottawa Catholic School Board, I articulate regret to any used students who dangle skilled ruin by somebody in a instruct of belief,” said D’Amico.
Ottawa police narrate investigators continue to gawk any probably extra victims in this case and are urging somebody with data to call the Ottawa Police Provider Sexual Assault and Youngster Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, extension 5944 or submit their methods anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or on-line at crimestoppers.ca.