Sarnia teacher Barbara Organ charged with sexual assault, exploitation involving student

A female Sarnia high school music teacher is charged with sexual exploitation and sexual assault involving a teenage girl who was a student, police said Thursday.

Sarnia police said their investigation focused on alleged incidents between 2011 and 2013 - writes

The complainant was 16when the alleged interactions at the now-closed St. Clair secondary school began, and a relationship continued after the student was no longer at the school, police said.

Barbara Organ was arrested at Sarnia police headquarters Wednesday, charged and released on bail pending a December court appearance.

Organ studied music at Western University before being licensed to teach in 1992, according to the Ontario College of Teachers, the profession’s regulatory body.

She has a focus on teaching music, and is qualified to teach vocal and instrumental classes.

In May, Organ was co-director of a student production of the musical Grease at Great Lakes secondary school in Sarnia, where she taught music and English.

Heather Hughes, a spokesperson for the Lambton Kent District school board, confirmed that Organ is on staff at Great Lakes, but has been suspended.

“She has not been in the school since the allegations were made

and she will not return” until the matter is resolved, Hughes added.

Hughes said school staff and the board “have fully co-operated with police during the investigation and will continue to do so.”

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