TORONTO — The cases against two students accused in alleged sex assaults at a private Toronto school have concluded.
Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General will not say, however, what the outcomes of the cases against the St. Michael’s College students were, citing restrictions under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Police laid charges against seven teens at the all-boys Catholic school last year that related to two alleged sexual assaults and one alleged assault on campus.
The two students in the recently concluded matters each faced charges of gang sex assault, assault with a weapon and assault in two separate incidents.
The conclusion of their cases comes after sexual assault and assault charges were withdrawn against another student in early August, with the Crown saying a conviction in that matter was unlikely.
The cases of four other teens remain before the courts, with hearings in those matters set for September and October.
A lawyer for one of the students whose case was concluded says he could not comment due to publication bans under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, while a lawyer for the second student did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokeswoman with the Ministry of the Attorney General says the Youth Criminal Justice Act places strict restrictions on youth court records, including information on the offence and the resolution of the case.
“These restrictions are meant to protect young persons from the stigma of the criminal justice system and foster their rehabilitation and reintegration into society,” said Shenaia Shields.
An independent committee tasked with examining culture at St. Michael’s released a report last week that found bullying continues to be a systemic issue at the prestigious school despite measures introduced in the wake of the allegations that came to light last fall.
The Canadian Press