The head of an elite private Winnipeg school is disheartened to learn more charges have been laid against a former student accused of sexually abusing schoolmates.
Abuse charges against a Winnipeg school students
But headmaster Stephen Johnson said the police have to do their job and it will help assure students and parents the boarding program at St. John’s Ravenscourt is safe.
The school has also hired an outside consultant to examine policies and programs at SJR.
“We [want to] demonstrate in a very public way to our community that we’ve actually not ducked this, or not tried to bury this or hide it or pretend it didn’t happen,” Johnson said.
He has received upwards of 250 emails since the allegations involving the school’s boarding program went public in April.
Only a handful of those have been really negative and two or three families with children who boarded at the school have chosen not to return,Johnson said.
Court documents outline fresh charges against an 18-year-old former boarder at the school, which was founded in 1820.
He is one of four male students arrested by police in April in connection with allegations of sodomy against a younger classmate at the co-educational school.
One of the other students is 17 and two are 16 years old. They were all accused of pinning a younger boy on the floor and removing his pants.
A walking stick was allegedly held near the anus of the victim and he was threatened with penetration.
All four teens were charged with sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement and uttering threats.Two were suspended
indefinitely from SJR and told they could not return, and two others left voluntarily,the school has said.
Since then, more alleged victims have come forward to police.
23 new charges involving 10 victims were laid against the 18-year-old,court documents show.
The alleged victims listed in court documents are male and in Grades 8 to 10.
Among the new charges are 10 counts of sexual assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, nine
counts of forcible confinement and uttering threats.
The documents suggest the circumstances are similar to those of the first case.