Toronto Sun

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Teacher on sex rap

Allegations woman, 31, had romp with 17-year-old male student

By HIMANI EDIRIWEERA AND ALAN CAIRNS, TORONTO SUN

A 31-year-old woman who taught at a prestigious private school faces criminal charges amid allegations she had sex with a 17-year-old male student.

Elizabeth Ann Carter, fired from her teaching post at Mississauga Private School (MPS) when the allegations surfaced recently, is charged with sexual exploitation and sexual assault, Peel police said yesterday.

Carter, who is married, was a guidance counsellor and taught drama and English at the school, located in the middle of a residential area near Kipling and Eglinton Aves.

Peel police allege that "specific encounters" between the teacher and her pupil occurred at two Mississauga residences between February and June of last year.

Parents and students were shocked when they heard about the alleged affair at the school which boasts high academic standards and had tuition fees of between $8,300 and $9,300.

"I feel very insecure right now, I don't have the words to describe it," said parent Sukhy Dhanota, who has two children and five nieces and nephews at MPS. "I will remove my children from this school if they aren't taking proper measures."

School principal Dianne Proctor said the school acted promptly when the allegations arose and "let her go."

"We have worked closely with the parents and the authorities in investigating this matter," she said. "The school remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment."

REFERRED TO POLICE

Peel police said MPS acted "appropriately" and referred the boy's parents to police.

"As a result of this (allegation), she is no longer at the school and does not teach at any school," said Peel Const. Frank McMonagle.

Investigators are "convinced" the alleged acts are isolated to one student, McMonagle said.

McMonagle said Carter was arrested Tuesday and released on conditions to stay away from the boy and notify police of any employment change.

Carter, who had worked at MPS for six years, is not registered with the Ontario College of Teachers.

Carter, who could not be reached for comment, appears in Brampton court Oct. 21.

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