Teacher charged in sexual misconduct investigation

GUELPH – A Wellington Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) teacher faces several charges in relation to a sexual misconduct investigation.

Justin Lenssen, 32, appeared in Guelph court on Dec. 10 on the following charges: possession of child pornography, sexual exploitation, luring a child and making explicit material available, Guelph Police officials say.

“Immediately upon learning of the situation the school board followed all appropriate policies and procedures,” Tamara Nugent, WCDSB director of education, wrote in the first of two open letters. “The staff member is no longer at work. As this is a personnel matter, privacy laws prevent any further public comment.”

However, once the media began to reveal more details, the board penned a second letter.

“We understand that this will add an additional layer of concern for students and families,” Nugent said of Lenssen’s charges. “We are working with staff to prepare them to respond to their students’ needs.

“For students with concerns or who may need additional support, social workers and child and youth workers will be available in the schools.”

Nugent added, “Given the serious nature of the charges this teacher will not be reporting for active duty at any school” pending the outcome of the case.

Guelph Police are asking parents and students with concerns to contact investigating officer D/Cst. Joel Apps at 519-824-1212 ext. 7162.

To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at www.csgw.tips.