Teachers guilty of misconduct in coverup of student assault

Ashbury College teachers Alyssa Novick and Ian Middleton have been found guilty of professional...

Ashbury College teachers Alyssa Novick and Ian Middleton have been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Ontario College of Teachers for their actions in the wake of a serious assault on a student in a Boston hotel room during a school trip in 2007. (File photo)

Megan Gillis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:39 PM ET

OTTAWA ─ Two teachers accused of covering up the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy during a 2007 school trip to Boston have been found guilty of professional misconduct.

The Ontario College of Teachers confirmed that Alyssa Novick and Ian Middleton, who both taught at Ashbury College, were found guilty Feb. 28, but spokeswoman Olivia Yu said Friday that a written summary of the decision in the "complex" case is not yet available.

Efforts are also underway to schedule a penalty hearing but in the meantime Novick and Middleton are listed as members of the college in "good standing."

In a statement of claim filed in a $220,000 civil suit, the boy said that other male students pinned him down in a hotel room and sexually assaulted him while one videotaped the assault. One teen pleaded guilty to assault and battery in a Massachusetts court in 2010.

The private school teachers had been accused of failing to immediately tell the boy's parents that he'd been attacked and then refusing their request to report the assault to police.


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