Toronto Sun

June 23, 2002

Teacher faces 'petting' trial

Boy, family sue allegedly 'amorous' educator

By ROB GRANATSTEIN -- Toronto Sun

A Barrie teacher who wrote steamy love notes to a 13-year-old student goes to trial tomorrow on three sex charges.

It's the latest step in a four-year journey for Laura Glen Sclater, 31, who was originally suspended from teaching in the spring of 1998 for writing 64 sexy letters to the student.

The charges of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching stem from the relationship between Sclater and the Grade 8 student from January to April 1998.

Sclater wrote letters to the Goodfellow Public School student, referring to him as "hottie" and talking about "sibling swapping." They were usually signed "Love Mrs. Sclater."

Sclater was originally suspended from teaching in '98; appealed her sentence and lost in the Ontario Court of Appeal in February 2000; was reinstated to teaching after going through counselling, then arrested and charged in 2000 following new allegations from the same boy.

Her teaching certification is suspended, said Ontario College of Teachers spokesman Denys Giguere.

Sclater is also facing a $2.6-million civil suit from the teenage boy and his family. The suit alleges Sclater kissed and hugged the boy during a sexy slow dance. It's alleged Sclater tried to develop "a romantic and sexual relationship" for her own sexual gratification. The suit claims "Sclater told the boy she was unhappy with her husband and she held out the promise she would leave her husband for the boy."

Other allegations in the civil suit include:

  • Sclater kissed the boy in a sexual manner and hugged him in sexual full-body embraces.

  • Sclater tried repeatedly to engage the boy's identical twin brother in an intimate friendship through letter writing, e-mail and personal invitations. When he rebuffed her, Sclater sought to create jealousy and animosity between the twins.

  • Sclater encouraged students at the school to deposit "grossly inappropriate questions relating to her relationship with the boy in a sex education box."

    Her lawyer, David Matheson, has called the relationship nothing more than a "fake, artificial" affair.

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