Victims of sexual assault file civil lawsuits against Old Perth, Ontario. teacher, school board – Kingston
Jeff Peters was a teacher at St. John Catholic School in Perth.
In November 2019, Peters was charged with a number of sexual offenses involving minors.
In April of this year, Peters pleaded guilty to sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching. He is currently serving a three and a half year sentence.
Now, his two victims have filed civil lawsuits against the former teacher. The identity of the victims who lodged a complaint is subject to a publication ban.
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The lawsuits claim that Peters used his position of power and authority to take advantage of his victims.
“She is seeking civil damages for what she went through,” said Carr Hatch, a plaintiff’s lawyer. “Because she’s 20 now and her whole high school life was really ruined by her teacher. “
The first plaintiff seeks damages of $ 3.5 million, while the second seeks $ 2.5 million.
The final amount would be determined by the courts, or the parties if an agreement is reached out of court.
In both cases, pecuniary claims are made because of alleged aggravated damages, future loss of earning capacity or income.
In both lawsuits, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario is also named, however, St. John Catholic High School is only named in one of the lawsuits.
“What my clients hope to get is accountability on the part of the school board and compensation to try to help them recover from the injuries and harm they have suffered,” said Elizabeth Grace, lawyer for the school board. ‘one of the complainants.
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“But he’s also tabled to promote change,” Hatch added. “Changes made by the board in how not only the St. John’s school is run, but also other schools under that board to ensure that this kind of thing never happens again. “
Global News has reached out to the school board for comment on the lawsuits, but none were provided at the time of publication.
One of the lawsuits alleges that the school board failed to protect the plaintiff from Peters’ sexual advances and hired him in the first place without sufficiently investigating his character.
However, if this case were to go to trial, it could take up to two years.
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