TORONTO -- A teacher in charge of disciplining his fellow educators has quit his job amid controversy over his side gig -- writing teen erotica.
The Ontario Teachers College confirmed Jacques Tremblay, their longtime chairman of discipline, stepped down Wednesday after questions surfaced about a novel he wrote, a book that is filled inappropriate sexual relationships between teachers, students and even a school principal.
"He made this choice out of concern that the public perception of matters raised today in the media could lead to an erosion of the public's confidence in the College and its work," Liz Papadopoulos, chairman of the College's elected council, said in a prepared statement.
She accepted Tremblay's resignation from both his role with the College's disciplinary committee and as a member of the council, Papadopoulos said.
"The College makes every effort to maintain public confidence in the teaching profession's self-regulatory processes," she stated.
Trouble began for Tremblay when a story appeared in the Toronto media with details about the "soft core porn" book he co-authored with his wife Marie-Ange Gagnon and Michael Tremblay.
The Sexteens and the Fake Goddess is rife with teenage promiscuity.
"Her half-open shirt divulges the roundness of her gorgeous bosom," reads the book's preamble, referring to a high school student. "Leila's particularly short skirt exposes her barely fleshy buttocks."
The sexually charged novel, co-written by one of Ontario's key education officials, also includes a headmaster who has had a threesome with another teacher and a student. The same character also covers up the sexual assault of a young girl.
The book is available on amazon.com and sells for $19.95 with the tag line:
"The most controversial teen novel that will change your life forevermore."
Tremblay has defended the book, claiming it is meant to empower teens and encourage them to resist peer pressure.
He was elected to the College's council in 2004 and named chairman of the discipline committee in 2006.
In the years before and after his novel was published in 2008, Tremblay has presided over countless cases dealing with teachers abusing the trust of students.
He has also had a hand in determining his colleagues' innocence or guilt and doling out punishments.
A spokesman for the College was unable to say if Tremblay, who is a teacher himself, will be investigated.
"We are unaware of any material in his book that has been drawn from discipline hearings," Brian Jamieson said.
He said Tremblay is employed by a school board in Eastern Ontario -- the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO).
But Jamieson was unable to say if the former disciplinarian was currently teaching.
However, the website for Ecole Secondaire Publique Mille-Iles (Thousand Islands High School) in Kingston, Ont., lists Tremblay as a teacher as recently as last school year.