Ottawa police seek male suspect in sexual assault; Ottawa high school teacher charged with sexual offences

Ottawa Police are looking for this man in connection with a sexual assault.

Update: Suspect turns himself in to Ottawa Police 

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section says the suspect in a sexual assault on a 36-year-old woman has turned himself in. Police had been  seeking public assistance in identifying the male suspect, releasing images of a man police described as black, English-speaking and 5’10” tall (see above).

On Sunday, March 4, a man initiated a conversation with the victim at the main entrance of her residence in the south end of Ottawa. He followed her to her apartment door, and was informed that he was not allowed inside her home. He stopped the door from closing and forcibly entered. While inside the residence, he sexually assaulted the victim, according to Ottawa Police. 

An investigation continues.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations or who knows the identity of the male suspect is asked to call the SACA unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

This article was updated to reflect that the suspect turned himself in.

Ottawa High School teacher charged with sexual offences

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Unit has charged an Ottawa man following an investigation into sexual offenses that occurred at a local school between 2014 and 2016.

At the time, the man was teaching at St. Patrick’s High School of the Ottawa Catholic School Board in Ottawa.

Today, Robert Lavergne, 55 years old, of Ottawa has been charged with sexual assault and Sexual exploitation of a female under the age of 18. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 25.

SACA investigators are concerned that there could be other victims.


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