Ashbury teachers found guilty of professional misconduct

Two Ashbury College teachers have been found guilty of professional misconduct for covering up a sexual assault against a 16-year-old student.

The assault took place during a student field trip to Boston in 2007.

The Ontario College of Teachers' posted the guilty verdict against Alyssa Novick and Ian Middleton on their website at the end of February.

Ashbury College continued to support the teachers even after they were found guilty.

"Ashbury is both surprised and disappointed with the findings recently released by the Ontario College of Teachers," said Norman Southward, the head of the school in a written statement to CTV Ottawa.

"The teachers involved are experienced professionals who have excellent reputations amongst the administration, the staff, the hundreds of students they have taught—and continue to teach—and the families of those students," he added. "Despite enormous stress they have been under throughout this process that has lasted seven years, the teachers have continued to perform their jobs in a professional and superior manner."

The reasons behind the decision will be released at a later time and there will be a separate hearing on the penalties Novick and Middleton will face.

They both remain teachers at the school.

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