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Ottawa police lay more charges against teacher for 1970s incidents

Ottawa police have laid over 40 charges against a former teacher and coach accused of sexual assault.

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Ottawa police have laid over 40 charges against a former teacher and coach accused of sexual assault.

Donald Greenham, 73, has been charged with 17 counts in indecent assault, 17 counts of gross indecency and one count of intimidation by the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section.

Greeham was charged with 14 similiar offences on Aug. 22. Police said the additional charges follow complaints from seven new victims.

The charges are linked to incidents that occurred between 1971 and 1981, when Greenham worked as a teacher and coach in an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board school. The victims ranged in age between 13-18 years and were not identified by gender.

Greenham lives south of Ottawa in Addison, Ont., and will appear in court on Nov. 22.

Police are encouraging other victims to come forward.

“The Ottawa police will respect a victim’s wishes to pursue or not pursue the matter before the courts,” Staff Sgt. Angela McDade, SACA, said in a release. “The reporting of these incidents by victims to police is key for investigators to identify suspects and determine crime trends.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or phone Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477.

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