A teacher in Ottawa, Darren Green, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for molesting a student.
He was found guilty in October 2021 of four sex crimes against the girl, and Ontario Superior Court Justice Sally Gomery also gave him three years probation after release.
The alleged offences occurred between 2015 and 2018 and involved a girl under the age of 18, police said in a news release. Police said Green was employed by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board at the time, but didn’t say where.
Green carved his grooming ways by first asking his student if she was sexually active only to then suggest that she should be looking for a boyfriend like him to have sex with, court heard.
The jailed teacher often asked the girl to stay alone with him after class only to be molested.
And when the girl left the classroom, Green told her not to tell anyone about his ugly, unwanted advances.
The child-sex criminal addressed his teen victim as “sweetheart, pretty and beautiful” and said she looked good in her pants.
“Green groomed (her). His gradual escalation of intrusions into (her) personal sphere paved the way for sexual touching. He began in class by routinely referring to her body and appearance, by standing too close to her, and by whispering in her ear,” the judge recalled trial evidence.
The girl didn’t want to be alone with her teacher, but felt she didn’t have a choice because he was her teacher and she didn’t want to get bad grades.
The Ottawa student didn’t tell anyone about the sexual abuse at school, of all places, until three years later because she was afraid nobody would believe her. The judge also noted that the teacher — in a position of trust — told his student victim not to tell anyone about his sex crimes. Green told his young victim to keep their relationship a secret because nobody would understand it.