do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.
An Ottawa teacher has been charged with sexual assault after police allege she was sexually involved with a male student under the age of 16.
Kyla Cowan-Wilson is charged with sexual assault, invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference.
Ottawa police said the alleged sexual offences occurred during the 2013-14 school year while Cowan-Wilson was employed with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The school board did not reveal the exact school, although Cowan-Wilson had been teaching science at Sir Winston Churchill Public School in Nepean in 2012.
Police said the 32 year old came in from an interview with investigators Tuesday morning and was charged shortly thereafter.
Cowan-Wilson appeared in court by video from the courthouse cells. She wore a blue sleeveless top. Her long blond hair hung over her left shoulder and her hands were cuffed in front of her.
The Crown agreed to release her on a $5,000 bond with her husband Matthew Wilson as her surety. Cowan-Wilson held hands with her husband as she walked out of the courthouse to a waiting car following her release from custody.
Her release conditions included not to have contact with any males under the age of 16 unless her husband or the boy’s parents were present.
Cowan-Wilson must also stay out of public parks, playgrounds, swimming areas and school yards and not hold a job where she is in a position of trust or authority over children under the age of 16.
She was also ordered not to communicate with the complainant and three other people, including a witness and a pair of mothers.
Her next court date was set for July 25.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board said Cowan-Wilson was no longer employed by the board.
“As soon as the complaint was lodged the teacher was removed from the classroom and did not return,” OCDSB communications officer Sharlene Hunter wrote in an email.
Hunter said the board would not identify the school “as it might identify the victim” and says it is working with police on the investigation.
Police said the complainant came forward this year. Investigators are concerned there could be more victims.
In addition to teaching, Cowan-Wilson also had her own photography business.
Both Cowan-Wilson and her husband declined to comment on the allegations as they left court.
According to their Facebook pages, the couple married in August 2013. Police allege the sexual offences occurred during a period between September 2013 and September 2014.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service sexual assault/child abuse unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.