Ottawa special needs teacher, 48, faces charges including assault: Police

The incidents are alleged to have started in September 2020.

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Ottawa police say a special needs teacher faces charges in a probe of allegations of mistreatment of two students under the age of 10.

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The incidents are alleged to have started in September 2020 and happened when the teacher was working at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the Ottawa Police Service said in a release Friday.

Robert Bender, 48, is charged with assault, harassment by threatening conduct, intimidation by threats of violence and mischief.

He was released from custody Friday with conditions including that he not work in a position where he has authority or is in a position of trust with respect to minors.

The sexual assault and child abuse unit “is concerned that there may be further victims,” police said.

The force said it “is dedicated to supporting and protecting vulnerable persons in our community,” police added, and families in need of support can contact the victim support unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 2223.

Anyone with information was asked to call the unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

With files from Matt Lapierre

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