York Region teacher accused of sexual assault

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A 67-year-old teacher has been arrested and charged in connection with sexual crimes committed against several children in Richmond Hill.

On November 10, York Regional Police (YRP) received reports from two sets of parents that their children were sexually assaulted during private tutoring sessions.

Through their investigation, police said they learned both families hired the same private tutor to tutor their children in their homes.

Police said there were three victims under the age of 16.

An arrest warrant was issued on Nov. 15 for a suspect identified as Alistair Martin-Smith, 67, of Hamilton.

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Police said Martin-Smith was arrested Monday at the airport after returning to Canada. It is unknown where he traveled from.

Martin-Smith faces a total of six charges, including three counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual interference.

“Investigators believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward,” police said in a November 23 press release.

Sexual assault includes any contact without consent of a sexual nature.

“York Regional Police would like to encourage anyone who feels they may have been sexually assaulted to come forward and report the incident to the police. There is no statute of limitations for sex crimes, and offenders can be prosecuted well after the date of the crime, police say.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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