Northeastern Catholic District School Board Chair Faces with Child Pornography Charges

Ontario Provincial Police Crime report

Regional News – The Chair of the Northeastern Catholic District School board has been charged by the OPP with “Access Any Child Pornography, contrary to section 163.1(4.1) of the Criminal Code”.

In a press release the Ontario Provincial Police report, “On September 12th 2019, members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, Temiskaming Crime Unit, Temiskaming Community Street Crime Unit, OPP Digital Forensics Unit, and Child Sexual Exploitation Unit commenced an investigation into a person accessing child pornography online. The alleged incidents occurred between August 7, 2019, and September 6, 2019, in the Town of Englehart.

OPP say that “As a result of the investigation, Richard BRASSARD, a 68-year-old person from Englehart, was arrested and charged with Access Any Child Pornography, contrary to section 163.1(4.1) of the Criminal Code.”

The accused was been released on a Recognizance of Bail and is scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice on October 29, 2019, in the City of Temiskaming Shores. “

NCDSB Board Director Tricia Stefanic-Weltz states that the board is aware of the charge against the board chair. “All of us at the NCDSB share the concerns of our entire community. The NCDSB is fully cooperating with the OPP and we will continue to be in contact with members of our school communities as more details become available.”