Saskatchewan teacher convicted of sexual assault

Saskatchewan teacher convicted of sexual assault

Tori Lynn Peterson’s teaching career is over after the Saskatchewan found her guilty of professional misconduct and revoked her teaching certificate on Wednesday.

Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board

Saskatchewan teacher Tori Lynn Peterson had her teaching certificate revoked on Wednesday.

Peterson was not present at the hearing, but she was represented by lawyer Cassan Geiler, who did not offer any comments on her client’s behalf to the misconduct charge.“We are told many, many times there is a line with students and not to cross it. The consequences of doing so are quite severe as we’ve seen in this case,” said Clark Bymoen, a retired registered teacher participating in the hearing.

Peterson, a former teacher in Grenfell, Sask., was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference in early 2022, which involved a then-15-year-old boy. She was 23 at the time of the charges.

In May, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexual assault to be served at Pine Grove Correctional Centre in Prince Albert.

Peterson was found to have violated five subsections, a), b), d), e) and f) of the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB) bylaw 2.01, which covers conduct harmful to the best interest of the student or affects the ability of a registered teacher to teach, sexually abusive conduct regardless of consent, and being in violation of a law relevant to the teacher’s suitability or could be regarded as dangerous to a student, among other concerns.

Peterson has 30 days if she wants to appeal Wednesday’s decision.

According to Marcus Davies, general counsel for the professional conduct committee, the SPTRB was notified by Peterson’s employer. Employers are required to inform the SPTRB when disciplinary action is taken against a teacher.

The Prairie Valley School Division but was not any more. The charges were laid after an investigation by the Regina Children’s Justice Centre, with the assistance of the RCMP.

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