BARRIE, ONT. - A local high school teacher who had sex with her student has been found guilty of misconduct by the Ontario College of Teachers.
In the disciplinary decision obtained by The Barrie Examiner, the college found that former St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School teacher Amy Mullins committed acts of professional misconduct and that she engaged in sexual abuse of a former student, Trevor Donohue, who attended the high school from 1998 to 2003.
“The next step in the process is the penalty hearing; it's similar to a sentencing hearing in a court of law,” said college spokesman Brian Jamieson. “We'll expect that decision in the coming weeks.”
After a year of hearings at the college, a panel determined that Mullins began an inappropriate relationship with Donohue in 2001 that continued until 2004.
Neither Mullins or Donohue could be reached for comment Tuesday.
The college heard from several students, those who attended "movie nights" at Mullins' home where alcohol was involved, as well as those who were on sports teams who travelled to away games with the former St. Peter's teacher.
In its decision, the college states the students interviewed gave credible evidence supporting Donohue's complaints that he was sexually abused by the teacher.
“We're having more of these cases,” Jamieson said of sexual assault findings against female teachers and male students. “I can't speak specifically about this case,” he added.
Mullins was suspended by the board in December 2006, and will soon hear the fate of her career from the college.