Public board teacher charged with historic sexual assault

Ottawa Police have charged a teacher in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board with five counts each of sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

The events reportedly took place between 1998 and 2000 and involve a minor who was assaulted by an adult male while he was teaching grades 7 and 8.

43-year-old Phillip Nolan was charged today after Ottawa Police began an investigation back in November.

Police believe that because Nolan was working as a teacher at the time of the incidents there may be further victims and they're asking anyone with more information to come forward.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board released a statement saying they are cooperating with the police investigation.

They say Nolan was assigned administrative duties when the investigation was launched and was removed from the classroom at Avalon Public School.

The OCDSB will suspend Nolan now that criminal charges have been laid. There will be an internal review by the Ontario College of Teachers and the school board.

"This is an extremely difficult situation and as a parent myself, I share the concerns that our community is feeling. The District has resources available to support parents and students at the school level and on our district website," said Director Jennifer Adams in the statement.

As a police investigation is underway, the District will not comment further on this matter.

Nolan is also the drummer of a local band called Herringbone, the band Prime Minister Stephen Harper plays with.

His office says they are "shocked and disturbed" by the serious charges.

Anyone with more information about these incidents or other incidents of sexual assault can contact the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

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